To the editor:
The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month — a time to salute the work of school board members and celebrate public education.
The theme of this year’s celebration, “School Boards: Locally Owned and Operated Since Forever,” reinforces the roles and responsibilities of school boards and the ownership they take for governing their local public schools. They are elected by the people in their local communities to represent their voice and vision for their public schools.
In Newberry, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $44 million, 6,050 students, 900 employees and 14 buildings. They carry out the truest form of representative government in our democracy — volunteer public service and preserve the core of our democratic land — public education.
Too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us. I invite you to recognize and celebrate the work of your school trustees. Invite them out for coffee. Ask how you might help support your local schools. Write your school board members a thank you note. Let them know you appreciate what they do for students in Newberry.
The men and women serving the Newberry County School District and their years of service are Jody Hamm, chairman (10 years), Lee Attaway, vice chairman (15 years), Ike Bledsoe Jr. (six years), Hugh B. Gray Jr. (three years), Clyde Hill, secretary and claims liaison (18 years), Lucy Anne Meetze, legislative liaison (10 years) and Jessie J. Reeder (one year).
Newberry County Schools