Recognizing school boards

To the editor:

January is School Board Recognition Month. This is a time to recognize the individuals who approach their volunteer work as if it is a full-time job and with extraordinary dedication to public schools. They are citizens whose decisions affect our children and build our community.

School boards are charged with making decisions that can sometimes be quite difficult, or require sifting through a great deal of information. They contribute hundreds of hours each year leading Hancock Public Schools. Collectively, school board members across the state spend more than 7,500 hours on professional development to keep well informed of the latest trends in educational leadership, are deeply involved in community activities and spend many hours at extracurricular events.

Through their dedication, collaboration with other school district staff, their governance and advocacy, they are building the future of education in Michigan.

This month, we encourage all members of the community to thank a board member. Take this opportunity to show our year-round appreciation for these servant leaders and begin to better understand how local trustees work together to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.

The men and women serving Hancock Public Schools are:

Mary Babcock, Wendy Chynoweth, Randy Heinonen, Kevin Kalinec, Michael Lancour, Paula Nutini and Charles Paoli.

For more information about the Hancock Public Schools School Board, visit

Kipp Beaudoin