Lisa M. Kreager
Three months ago, I applied for a vacant position as a Trustee on our School Board and was subsequently appointed. Since July, I have begun a crash course on Board Trustee responsibilities and rules of a School Board. I have been encouraged to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the community.
Eleven years ago as the Mom of a kindergartner at Crestwood, I was eager to volunteer for classroom parties and assist with baggie books (back when books were read solely on paper) in Mrs. Delabbio’s classroom. Through the years my role at the school changed from volunteer, to classroom mom, to PTA President for a couple of years, Inter-School Advisory Council representative and ultimately Board of Education Trustee.
I was raised in New Mexico and relocated to Rockford 17 years ago with my husband, who is a native Michigander. We hoped to find a safe, tight knit community to raise our own family in (Rachel, sophomore at Rockford High School and Claudia, 8th grade at East Rockford Middle School) and have found that cohesiveness here in Rockford. While I do miss my family in New Mexico, the parents and teachers we have had the opportunity to work with over the years are like an extension of our own family.
I have completed multiple school board training courses since my appointment including School Budgeting & Finance. My professional career as a Tax Accountant for Crowe Horwath LLP lends itself well to understanding the financial issues facing our district today.
Examples of my focus so far as a new Board Member have been to support programs which promote character-building, physical, social and emotional growth of our students; attention to school budget and management of public funds, and concentration on the continuous improvement of Schools, Administration and the School Board.
When I was appointed to the vacant position on the Board, I never dreamed my life would change in such a positive way, or that I would work so hard as a volunteer. I look forward to the next 4 more years of dedication to our District and community.