Letter to the Editor: Recognizing Dearborn's Board of Education

Superintendent Brian Whiston congratulates the work of the board during School Board Recognition Month.

January is School Board Recognition Month—a time to salute the hard work and dedication of our school board members.

It’s an exciting and challenging time in public education and the theme, “School Boards Lead Strong,” reflects our board members’ commitment to leadership and accountability assuring that ALL students succeed.

School board members in Dearborn develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our education system. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $172 million, 19,155 students, more than 2,400 employees and 34 buildings in the Dearborn Public Schools.  They are citizens whose decisions affect our children, our students, and build our community.

Our board of education, and the hundreds like it across the state, preserves the core of our democracy- public education. They ensure that decisions on school programming are made by people we’ve elected to represent our community’s values, culture and circumstances.

Showing appreciation for the important work of school boards should take place year-round, but too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us. This January, the staff and students in our district are asking all members of the community to take a moment and thank a school board member.

Thank you to the men and women who dedicate countless personal hours to ensure the needs of our community are met by our public schools. We salute the public servants of Dearborn whose dedication and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible. We applaud them for their vision and voice to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.

The men and women serving Dearborn and their years of service are:

  • Pam Adams—17 years
  • Hussein Berry—3 years
  • Joe Guido—19 years
  • Mary Lane—12 years
  • Roxanne McDonald—1 year
  • Aimee (Blackburn) Schoelles—12 years
  • James Schoolmaster—11 years


Brian J. Whiston
Superintendent, Dearborn Public Schools


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