Public education is more than just the opportunity to learn basic math, science, English, and history; it’s a platform for students to reach their potential. It can inspire hope for a new generation of leaders and provide a foundation for a successful future. The Kennett Consolidated School District exists in part because nine individuals volunteer their time to make informed decisions about the issues facing our public schools.
Each January, we celebrate these everyday heroes, the nine elected School Board members who serve our students, district, and educational system. School Board members work hard, unpaid and behind the scenes, to guide the District in providing a quality education to more than 4,100 students. January is School Board Recognition Month, and the Kennett Consolidated School District salutes this special group of volunteers.
We do not usually think of School Board members as school volunteers, but they do in fact volunteer their time. School Board members give time, energy, and counsel to the District without pay. They take on the job of governing the District, making the best decisions they can for our children, with the full understanding that they will receive only the satisfaction of their contribution.
“That satisfaction comes from knowing that our collective efforts play even a small role in producing the fantastic students we have at all ages,” says Kendra LaCosta, Board President for Kennett Consolidated School District. “We are so proud of the administration, staff, and students in the District. We take very seriously our commitment to the District taxpayers to ensure that we are responsible with the budget, and able to approve the programs, policies, and people needed to help every child succeed.”
The volunteer efforts of the School Board members have the potential to provide tremendous benefit to the community as a whole, as well as to the lives of students individually. By serving the District in this important governance role, School Board members lay the foundation for the future. The School Board makes difficult decisions for the betterment of our students. Members vote on multi-million dollar budgets, hire staff, select textbooks, and review curriculum and bus schedules, to name just a few of the decisions they make for the District.
The men and women who make time to generously provide this important public service do so because they care. They care about their own children’s education. They care about the schools being the best they can be. They care about the next generation and the future of the community.
The nine dedicated volunteers who make up this year’s Kennett Consolidated School District School Board are: Mrs. Kendra LaCosta, President; Mr. Joseph Meola, Vice President; Mr. Michael Finnegan, Treasurer; Mrs. Aline Frank; Mrs. Heather Schaen; Mr. Rudy Alfonso; Mrs. Janis Reyolds; Mr. Dominic Perigo Jr.; and Mr. Robert Norris.
These dedicated volunteers live in our community. They are our friends, neighbors, and community leaders; they’re engaged citizens and parents at your school. During this month of recognition, we ask you to show your appreciation for their service. Please show your gratitude in some way for their time, effort, and dedication to public education’s advancement. Thank them for advocating on behalf of our collective interests and for making the difficult decisions. Most importantly, thank them for being everyday heroes and for making our students’ success their priority.