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Kimberly Sanders,
Board of Education Member

KimberlySanders.jpgFirst, on behalf of the CM201-U School Board, I wish to extend my sincere and personal congratulations to the graduates of Crete-Monee High School and Crete-Monee Middle School Class of 2012. It is an honor to salute your excellent demonstration of perseverance and diligence in pursuing your academic goals. Your future has so much potential because you have learned the invaluable lesson of the power of staying the course. Your graduation symbolizes a measure of completion; I wish you well in your future endeavors and look forward to your great achievements. Remember you are not done, so keep pressing toward your destiny.

Overall, as a school district we have experienced a tremendous year of growth and maturity. There are still crisis within at the state budget levels which may provide for turbulent financial times for our school district and many others. As a district, and more importantly as a community of taxpayers, I think it is time that we send a message to our representatives on how we feel about how our education dollars are allocated in Illinois. It is pivotal that you continue to make your voices heard by your elected school board members. We appreciate your emails and your participation when you join us in our meetings. Our next meeting is June 18, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at Crete-Monee High School. As promised, keep looking for details on our website and in the mail for our upcoming community forums to discuss the Capital Development Grant monies. We want your input on possible ways to adequately utilize the funds. We need your input.

Finally, this has been a fun year filled with reading activities. I am hopeful that, as a district, we will continue to make great strides and improvement in reading. I have personally had the privilege of celebrating with some of the most talented readers in the south suburbs during my visits to our schools. Thank you Principal Jones and Ms. Chambers’ class for allowing me to participate in a Monee Madness reading session. Also, thank you to Principal Franklin and the second graders at Balmoral Elementary who listened and shared stories with me about their love for reading. Thank you to Principal Lane, Ms. Forstall, Ms. Herbert and Ms. Searcy for allowing me to share my love for reading with your students. Thank you to Mr. Kovacevich and the entire ELC staff and PTO for allowing our participation in the Special Person Day. We had a lot of fun with the little ones!

In the end, thank you to our entire administrative team, school principals, office staff, security, maintenance, teachers, parents, students, business and community partners who committed to making a difference this year. Everyone is valued and your efforts are appreciated. Be Safe! Enjoy your summer. Read, mentor or tutor a child today it will make a difference in your life.

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