By Coutney Culey
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Writer
After 11 years of service, Bath School Board President, Nancy Hawkins, stepped down during Monday’s school board meeting.
“I just want to thank Nancy for 11 fine years as President of the Board” said Dean Sweet, board treasurer, moments after Hawkins announced she will be stepping down.
Jackie Shelest, the executive assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education, said Hawkins has made doing her job much easier.
Shelest and Hawkins have been working together for the past seven years and Shelest said Hawkins is “awesome!”
Hawkins said she believed being President was a great opportunity and someone else needed to experience it.
Being President, she said, helps a person grow.
After Hawkins announced her resignation she nominated Sam Bachelor for president and he accepted. Hawkins then accepted the position of board secretary.
“I look forward to the challenges and opportunities of this new role, and to the personal development that it will provide. A President is just one of seven votes on the Board, and I am privileged to be a member of an outstanding group of individuals who work together for the benefit of the students of Bath Community Schools,” Bachelor said in an email interview.
Hawkins said she would be glad to take on any other board position if she was asked to do so.
“I believe in public education and one of my goals as a board member is to continue to ensure that students receive the best education and to instill in them the desire to continuously build on their experiences, skills and knowledge throughout their lifetime,” she said.
“Nancy has presided over an impressive trend of improvement, and I am looking forward to her continuing assistance as we strive to continue to improve in these challenging times,” Bachelor said.
Hawkins said, in an email interview, she also serves on the Clinton County Regional Education Service Agency and is employed at Michigan School Business Officials where she is assistant executive director.
At MSBO, Hawkins said she is involved “in the management function of schools, including finance, food service, transportation, facilities, and business office operations.”
“(Bath School) board is one of the best functioning school boards I’ve ever seen in the state of Michigan,” Hawkins said.
Shelest said Hawkins has been the rock the board has relied on for quite some time.
Because the Bath School Board has great community support, Hawkins said they are able to accomplish their goals.
“Our employees and the school board are dedicated to the community and the families and children we serve, and we are fortunate to have tremendous community support,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins received a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University. After graduation, she said she worked in the Michigan Senate and was once the editor of the Bath/DeWitt Review.