The Warren County School Board was recognized at its monthly meeting on Monday in honor of School Board Appreciation week.
The WCHS Student Advisory Board started with the recognitions during its report, and Evan Womack said, “I first would like to start off with thanking you for what you do with it being School Board Appreciation Week, so we’re just thankful for what you do for our school system.”
Director of Schools Grant Swallows told the board, “We’ve talked about appreciation. It is obviously School Board Appreciation Week, and numerous people have already discussed that. You’ve got some chocolate from Student Advisory in front of you.” Schools in the county have also expressed their appreciation for the board.
Swallows then read a proclamation from Governor Bill Lee aloud to the board which stated,
“Whereas an excellent public education system is key to our state’s continued prosperity and success, ensuring the quality of life for Tennessee’s communities and the economic development of the state. Whereas our local school boards have demonstrated a strong commitment to quality public education by securing necessary resources, promoting academic standards and fostering partnerships within communities.
“And whereas School Board members support and appreciate the efforts of students, educators, and administrators who diligently encourage students to graduate high school prepared for the workplace. And whereas the men and women of our local School Boards are elected by the people to make decisions most appropriate for their communities and deserve recognition and thanks for their countless hours of service to public education in Tennessee.
“Now, therefore, I, Bill Lee, Governor of the State of Tennessee. do hereby proclaim Jan. 22-28, 2023 School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee and encourage all citizens to join me in this worthy observance.”
Swallows added what he told Warren County School employees in an email, “We are very, very fortunate. Oftentimes people do not understand the magnitude of what you all do to help us lead this district, and I’m very thankful for the fact that you all have our students, first and foremost, and our employees at heart when you make decisions.”
Swallows presented School Board chair Tommy Culwell with the proclamation. Culwell said, “Thank you, Dr. Swallows. I know you mentioned the email. For the ones who have sent us emails and reached out and posted on social media, I want to say thank you. I did try to return some myself, and I just simply, in return, I just wanted to thank them.”
He gave credit to the educators for their role in the school system and added, “To be able to advocate for them is an honor and a privilege.”