Monday night marked the final school board meeting for Wendy Stafford, who is retiring from the board after serving for 18 years. “Every decision she has made has been for the kids,” said Jeff Haase at Monday’s meeting. Dozens turned out for a retirement reception for Stafford and she was presented with a plaque prior to the start of the board meeting. In lieu of a gift, Stafford asked that a donation be made in her honor to the new early childhood education center.
Stafford has always been an advocate for early education and will continue to sit on the steering committee for the new center which is set to open in the fall. An Otsego graduate herself, Stafford says her commitment to the board and desire to serve has never changed. She shared an article from 1998 in which she stated, “I am working to ensure that growth or change is not something that is pursued simply for the sake of change, but is carefully planned so the skills of students at every level match the criteria by the state, the needs of area employers and admission requirements for further study. I also support measures taken to strengthen the early foundational layers of education which give students strengths to build on as they work their way up through the grades.”
The board thanked her for her guidance and leadership and dedication to OPS. “Words can't express how thankful we are for Wendy's leadership and service to Otsego Public Schools by serving on the board of education for 18 years,” says Otsego Superintendent, Jeff Haase. “She has spent numerous hours attending school functions, preparing for meetings, along with continuous professional development through Michigan Association of School Boards. Wendy has maintained through her years of service with the one and only vision of providing long-term success for our current students and future Bulldogs.”
Wendy has served as President, Vice President and Treasurer along with Trustee during her time on the Board. She served Otsego in a number of ways. She was a Parent Educator for 14 years, 12 of those serving Otsego; she was also a parent representative on the Allegan Street Improvement Team.
“Thank you, Wendy, for everything. We wish you the best in your future endeavors,” adds Haase.