We're posting profiles of Northville's school board members one day at a time until the end of January. Today you'll learn about Cyndy Jankowski.
Cyndy Jankowski — Secretary, Northville School BoardHow long have you been on the school board?
I am approaching a full two years as a school board member, beginning with my appointment in January 2012.
What is your role?
I was just elected as Secretary of the board, having served as Secretary in 2013.
Why did you join the school board?
Serving as a school board member has been a lifelong goal. My father served 14 years as a school board member in two different districts — first, in a small rural district, which eventually consolidated into a larger community district. His selfless
dedication to the students and parents of our small community, and his fair, unbiased judgment in tackling difficult issues, inspired me to become an advocate for Northville Public Schools.
Could you tell us about your personal or professional background, relevant to this position?
I believe my legal experience gives me the keen ability to provide an analytical approach to the complex issues facing our schools. There is never one side to an issue, and having been in an environment of proving evidence for trial, I set forth the same pros and cons process I have used for years as a paralegal. Additionally, I have a child in the district. Instinctively, I consider the outcome of any decision the Board makes, and how it will benefit the educational process provided to our students, and ultimately, their future.
What about Northville Public Schools makes you proud?
Our achievements in all facets of the district. Our district exemplifies the perfect
storm — recognition in academics, athletics and the arts. Not only am I proud of our students' individual achievements, but I am continually energized by the involvement of our teachers, staff, parents and community. Whether a pancake breakfast, Night for Northville, playground equipment for Cooke School, new band uniforms or the passing of our technology bond, each individual brought forth their unique talent to support the district and community, and build on the reputation that is synonymous with Northville Public Schools. We are blessed with strong community roots here in Northville, and we work together to find creative solutions for the sake of our children.
What are your goals for the district?
To continue to provide excellent academic, athletic and art/music avenues for all learner groups in our district. To continue the district's implementation of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and Middle Years Program. Having seen the success of The Leader in Me program in our elementary schools, and the achievement of Silver Springs being designated as the second Lighthouse School in our district, it is time to build on these successes at the middle and high school levels. To continue to maintain a fund balance so that we will retain our excellent teaching staff, and be able to provide them with the tools they need to achieve in the classroom environment. To continue our dialogue with our state legislators
to focus any budget surplus monies for K-12 funding. And to continue to work with our community and regional stakeholders in finding creative funding sources for expenditures not covered by the general fund, as has been the success story of the Northville Educational Foundation (NEF) for many years.
Anything else you'd like to add?
As I have told friends and colleagues, I find such enjoyment and fulfillment in serving as a member of the Board of Education. I am grateful for the support of the community and look forward to continuing my service to Northville Public Schools in the years to come.
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