|Trent Goodnight (R) and Maureen Hanson (L) accept a plaque commemorating their years of service |
to the Hudson Community School District
We are incredibly grateful for the years of service of both Trent and Maureen. Both board members decided during the last year that they would not be seeking another term on the Board of Education. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with both of these fantastic community leaders during my first year as superintendent at Hudson. As they were finishing up their tenure, I asked each one to reflect on their years of service. Thank you both for your service, please don't be strangers around the school!
Trent Goodnight, Director 6 years of service
- What did you expect board service to be like, and how did it differ in your time on the board? I reluctantly said yes to board service as a way to do my part for the community. My general impression was that my role would be centered around the idea of impressing a community viewpoint on the School. In other words, I thought board members were primarily there to act as a liaison for complaints or ideas from community members. This turned out not to be the focus, or primary need. Rather, the board's real job is week-to-week support for public education in general, and the Hudson school universe in particular.
- What was your greatest achievement, or what were you most proud of during your time on the board? Hiring three superintendents. Plus, I quickly grew to care deeply about teachers, administrators, support staff, and the community, and I tried to fairly represent each one of them at the appropriate times.
- What was the most surprising aspect of serving on the school board? How much time it takes, especially during key events, and how important it really is for our American way of life. Plus, I was surprised by the quality of people involved with public education; most are very impressive individuals.
- What advice would you offer to the next board? Learn quickly that board service is a responsibility to represent and serve many others, and they are counting on you to work hard on their behalf.
- What will you miss? Being involved with the week-to-week trials and joys that go on. It will be difficult to find another role that serves the community as much as board service.
- How will you stay involved, or what are your plans now that you are no longer serving on the board? Not sure yet.
Maureen Hanson, President of the Board 22 years of service (Continued on the next page)