Celebration and Sharing

Hello and Welcome to our BOE section - Celebration and Sharing!

We know there is so much information out there, and it can be overwhelming.  We hope to offer easy to understand, digestible information that you can share with the community.  This is information we get through either our hardworking WICSD staff or from our Monroe County School Board meetings.

January 30, 2017

In support of the Board of Education on January 27, the district sent letters to Senator Funke, Senator Gillibrand, Assemblyman Morelle and Senator Schumer

Senator Funke  Senator Gillibrand 
Assemblyman Morelle Senator Schumer

January 27, 2017

A message from your Board of Education:
As your elected representatives, charged with providing a comprehensive public education for each child in our community, we are troubled by the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. Access to public education is a hallmark of our democracy. We encourage the Senate to approve a secretary who has the experience, qualifications and vision to lead the US Department of Education and adequately support our schools.

January 12, 2017

The West Irondequoit Board of Education agrees with and echoes the sentiments expressed by Monroe County School Boards Association President, John Piper. Mutual respect has long been a guiding philosophy of our district. We are committed to leading by example, following the principles set forth in our Code of Conduct.

Mr. Piper’s opinion piece, published in the Democrat and Chronicle on December 31, 2016, is printed below. 

School board members must live up to oath

John R. Piper 12:03 a.m. ET Dec. 31, 2016

Carl Paladino’s recent remarks regarding President Obama and Michelle Obama merit a response from the Monroe County School Boards Association and our school board members across the region.

The Buffalo Board of Education has called for his resignation. In turn, Mr. Paladino believes that the board’s action is “not an illustration of a profile in courage or leadership.”

As elected school board members, we share a critical role in overseeing the education of our children. Our residents chose us to be a part of the largest group of elected officials in New York state. As board of education members, we are larger than the New York state Legislature, and are held to the same standards as any official in New York state.

We all took an oath of office in which we solemnly swore to “uphold the New York State Constitution and faithfully fulfill the duties of the office” to which we were elected. In our region, school board members act as a leader and role model to the children of each district. Board members strive to build up our faculty and staff and work together with parents, not tear down individuals with our words or actions.

Everything in leadership starts at the top. I know that to be true from having worked in the business world and serving as a CEO in my career. Every action you take as an elected board member is closely watched by everyone in your district. Great school district board members continuously empower, listen and learn from everyone around us in our district.

That being said, I hold elected officials, particularly members of boards of education, to a higher standard than the citizens we represent. The privilege of our office, serving at the will of our residents, does not allow us to speak out randomly.

The hat we wear as elected school board members never comes off; that’s how it is for elected officials. We bite our tongue in many cases since we represent many causes in our role, not our own individual agenda or cause. As leaders, we must exhibit much patience in our role, knowing everything will not always go as we think it should go.

That’s really what courage and leadership is all about.

John R. Piper is president of the Monroe County School Boards Association and president of the Penfield Central School District Board of Education.