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School Board Members Day

November 15, 2018


Today marks the tenth official statewide observance of School Board Members Day in Illinois. Our theme for this school year is Re-Ignite Your Passion! The Board of Education Members of Dolton School District 149 pride themselves in carrying out their mission to provide a nurturing, safe, and orderly environment in which children grow and learn to become successful members of the community. They are also proud about their vision to become a model district with state of the art resources, innovative programs and to become active partners with parents and community stakeholders and work collaboratively to develop a community of 21st Century Learners.

It is my pleasure to serve and work side by side with the greatest School Board in the State of Illinois.  They are Visionary Leaders because they serve in a selfless manner, put children’s safety first, work diligently to ensure our students have up to date current learning materials, programs and extra-curricular activities and enhanced technology to support 21st Century Learning.  Governance is one of their top priorities and setting policies to ensure the safety of all students and employees.  They continue to be a voice in Springfield advocating to ensure every child receives the same opportunities as the rest of the children in public schools throughout Illinois.

The Dolton 149 Board of Education are your coworkers, neighbors, parents and community stakeholders.  They serve as advocates who fight on the front lines for quality education for all children.  Our school board members do more than just attend meetings.  They devote a significant amount of their own personal time to the district by attending extracurricular events to support schools and by participating in professional development opportunities annually to learn how to become better leaders. Many of these activities have been on weekends and during peak times during the course of the school year taking them away from their jobs and time spent with their own families.


I want to take a moment to commend the Board of Education for their dedication and commitment to our schools, children and families! They are all Master Board Members and six of them are Board Fellows.  Our Board of Education Members have passion for what they do and they are compassionate about the decisions they make on behalf of every child who attends our school district.  Please take a moment and thank our school board members for standing up for public education and putting the needs of children first in every decision. They are clear about educating the Whole Child even if it is One-Step at a Time.  Darlene Gray Everett, School Board President, Lolita Crisler-Liggons, Vice-President, Bertha Jolly, Secretary, Pamela Eldridge, Rayya Ghani and Will Tillman.  These Public Servants go beyond for every child in the district.  It is truly an honor and a pleasure to work with such dedicated and caring individuals!  I am thankful and grateful to work and serve with the Board of Education for Dolton School District 149.


Thank you for your great work and service to the children and families of Dolton School District 149!




Dr. Shelly Davis Jones



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