Gov. Haslam has declared Jan. 22-28 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee.
This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community.
The Warren County School District is joining public school districts from across the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Week and honor local board members for their commitment to Warren County and its children.
Warren County School Board Members are Helen Martin, James Bennett, Linda Blair, Tanya Bess, Bill Zechman, and Teddy Jones.
“Our school system is the backbone of our community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “I can think of no greater honor that can be bestowed upon a citizen than membership on a local board of education. They spend countless hours studying the issues and regulations and make the tough decisions when called upon to ensure the type of accountability people in our community expect.”
The key work of school boards is to improve the level of education in each community by:
• Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority;
• Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do;
• Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the district’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;
• Being accountable for their decisions and actions by continually tracking and reporting results;
• Creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach;
• Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems; and
• Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement.
Cox said, “Our local School Board shapes the future of education in Warren Count by influencing the high quality of education our children and youth receive. The Warren County School Board shows its commitment to educational excellence in our community – and for that we are very grateful for their service.”