By Lonnie Huhman,
The Dexter Community Schools Board of Education took some time out on Aug. 12 to honor longtime school board member Dick Lundy for his four decades of service to the schools and community.
It was in June 1979 that Lundy was first elected to the school board. During his time, the student population grew by at least 1,500; the campus has grown with five new buildings; six bond proposals have been passed; seven superintendents have been hired and the financial situation went from concerning to better than stable.
The anniversary recognition began with school board president Michael Wendorf reading a special plaque presented by the school district to honor Lundy for his stewardship. The meeting saw some of Lundy’s family and friends in attendance with a slide show featuring photos capturing his tenure so far.
“With appreciation for your devoted commitment and service on behalf of Dexter students and staff,” Wendorf read.
It was noted that according to the Michigan Association of School Boards, Lundy is not only the longest serving member in Dexter, but he’s also one of the longest serving in the state’s history. He’s among 16 who have served 40 or more years. Two of those individuals served at least 45 years.
DCS Superintendent Chris Timmis read a letter from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who sent the note to DCS to recognize Lundy. State Rep. Donna Lasinski, D-Scio Township, on behalf of herself and Lana Theis, State Senator, R-22nd District, also presented Lundy with a recognition honor.
“Education is incredibly important to the future of our state and having dedicated individuals such as yourself is a key part in improving and strengthening the experience for our children,” Timmis read from the letter.
Past Dexter Education Association president Joe Romeo and current DEA president Jessica Baese, among many things, both commended Lundy for his negotiation work with the union. Romeo called Lundy an advocate for education and Baese said he always looks out for the best of the entire school district.
Dexter school board member Julie Schumaker, who cited the number of bonds, buildings, superintendents and other important things Lundy has been a part of, said he’s had a significant impact on helping DCS be its best. She said Lundy has also played a part in other Dexter organizations to help the greater community.
“In short, if you’ve moved to Dexter in the last four decades, Dick Lundy is a very significant driving force behind the reputation our community and school district enjoy today,” Schumaker said.