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School Board Appreciation Week begins today
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The Tennessee School Board Association has set Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society.The Warren County Board of Education is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Week to honor local board members for their commitment to Warren County and its children. “It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.”Cox said the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:• creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making studentachievement 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.