By: Benjamin J. Gohs, News Editor
From reading books to young students, hosting teen activity nights to help keep kids out of trouble, selling popcorn at football games and negotiating tough situations on the school board, Marty Moody’s passion for supporting education has spanned over 15 years.
Looking to spend more time on his other love—Boyne City—Moody decided not to run for another term on the Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education back in November.
“I figured I’d let someone else have the fun,” Moody said. “I’d like to think I was a highly-effective board member who understood the rules and abided by them.”
Moody said his proudest accomplishments include helping plan for and see the new school buildings to fruition, the technology bond and effectively navigating a difficult couple of years in the late-1990s/early 2000s.
Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education President Ken Schrader said he will continue to seek Moody’s advice from time to time.
“He was a great guy to work with,” Schrader said. “He had nothing but interest in the school and the kids—he will be sorely missed.”
Moody was first elected to the board in 1996 and had one year where he did not serve since then.
Moody also served as the first president of the Boyne City Elementary School PTO, which he did for eight years.
Having grown up in Boyne City, Moody said the schools were an important part of his youth; that tradition continued when Moody’s four daughters came up through the schools.
“It was great watching the district grow,” he said. “We’ve become kind of the shining star of the ISD, in my opinion. We’ve really brought the school around and done some great things and it shows.”
Boyne City Gazette Publisher Chris Faulknor said he first met Moody while Faulknor was in the second grade.
“He came in once a week to read to us kids, and used to change his voice for all of the characters,” Faulknor said. “As far back as I can remember, Marty Moody could be seen at every football game shouting, ‘Popcorn!’ He has become a fixture, and one that will always be remembered.”
Moody’s advice for prospective school board members: get the Michigan Association of School Boards certification and make sure you are willing to make the commitment to the school.
“Don’t come in with an ax to grind, it doesn’t do you or the board any good,” he said. “And, a good healthy democracy is built on discussions and compromise and holding different viewpoints.”
Moody said he’ll miss working with all the good people the most.
“I’m just gonna miss the whole process,” he said.
Moody said he will still be out selling popcorn at football games, working with the drama program and continuing to be involved in his hometown.