Northville Schools Excel Despite Less Funding, School Board VP Says

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to acknowledge those who serve the district.

As school board vice president, the community entrusts Ken Roth to represent, lead and advocate for Northville Public Schools. Credit: courtesy Northville schools
As school board vice president, the community entrusts Ken Roth to represent, lead and advocate for Northville Public Schools. Credit: courtesy Northville schools
In honor of School Board Recognition Month, Northville Patch is highlighting the seven people who volunteer their time — which is often consumed with hours-long meetings and endless documents — for public education.

We're posting profiles of Northville's school board members one day at a time until the end of January. We start this week with Ken Roth.

Ken Roth — Vice President, Northville School Board

How long have you been on the school board?
11.5 years

What is your role?
I am currently Vice President. I have been President, Vice President, and Treasurer. I have also been the Board of Education liaison to Northville Parks and Recreation and the Northville Downtown Development Authority.

Why did you join the school board?
I am committed to the idea that a quality public education should be available to everyone. I greatly benefited from excellent public education opportunities. I decided to focus my efforts where I believe they can make the greatest impact, at the local level.

Could you tell us about your personal or professional background, relevant to this position?
I have been a small business owner, an attorney in private practice, and a prosecuting attorney. I have drawn from all of these experiences on a daily basis in my role as a Board of Education member.

What about Northville Public Schools makes you proud?
Northville is regarded as one of the best school districts in the state, and the statistics back that up. But what's truly amazing is that we achieve those results with a lot less money than other top school districts. This is due to the efforts of teachers, administrators, and our tax payers, who all put an emphasis on doing whatever it takes to continue to push achievement forward. The district's parents have extremely high expectations, and that's what continues to drive the district forward.

What are your goals for the district?
To continue to advance in academic excellence at all levels for all students. Implementation of the International Baccalaureate program will be the next step in elevating district outcomes for all students. We need to continue to attract excellent teachers, principals, and administrators. 

Anything else you'd like to add?
It has been my privilege and pleasure to represent the citizens of Northville for over a decade. Being on the Board of Education has been one of the highlights of my public sector service.

Check back with Patch Tuesday for the next board member profile.

Previous Northville school board profiles:
  1. Scott Craig Aims to Add Teachers in Northville Schools
  2. Northville Schools' Focus is Education in 21st Century, School Board President Says


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