(AUDUBON) May is School Board Recognition Month.
Audubon Superintendent Brett Gibbs said it is vital that the taxpayers have a voice and that is what the School Board is there for… to make sure their money is spent wisely and make sure that the children of the community are getting the best education possible.
“I think people forget that in Iowa those members serve for no money, they get paid nothing for the meetings that they attend; which sometimes is just once or twice a month, but other times they can be more than that and sometimes the meetings are pretty ordinary and boring, but there is times when those meetings get pretty exciting and sometimes even heated, but yet no matter what they receive no compensation for that,” said Gibbs. “So, it truly is a way of just giving back for those people.”
To avoid conflict of interest, School Board members are not allowed to be employees of the schools. And, Gibbs said it is getting harder to find people who are willing to commit to the four year term.
“I do appreciate the fact that all my members get on for the right reason,” said Gibbs. “Not just to get somebody fired, not just to get a program added, they are on there because they have a general concern for the overall well being of the school and that’s been really refreshing.”
The theme for School Board Recognition month in Iowa is “Building Brighter Futures”.