They’re not paid to be on these boards and rarely are accorded any perks beyond personal satisfaction.
And, while we’re at it, let’s include what we believe is the most demanding public service of all: school-board membership.
School-board members operate in a very public forum and make many of the most important decisions the communities face. They risk the scorn and retribution of their friends, neighbors and even relatives, all for the advancement of education in their hometowns.
They and the other board members are our real public servants — a term too often thrown around on anybody who has a job on the public payroll.
All we can say to all of these citizens is a sincere thank you and keep up the good work — please!