2018-03-14 / Other News

School Board Appreciaiton Week

By Dr. Bronwyn
Ragan-Martin
ECSS Superintendent

Imagine a community with no voice in the operation of its public schools. Think about an education system where all policy is set at the state or national level. Imagine putting the future of your children or grandchildren in the hands of people you don’t know and then being asked to pay the bill.

Fortunately, we elect our friends and neighbors as school board members and rely on them to make tough educational decisions on our behalf. While their occupations and life experiences are varied, when they come together in regular public meetings, they are there to make education their common business. They are willing to invest countless hours making sure your schools reflect local traditions and unique needs. Their decisions often reach far beyond classrooms to impact local businesses, economic development and, ultimately, the future of this community.

While most of their efforts go unrewarded, when they are acknowledged, it is usually in the form of criticism. But, think for a moment, what would you do without them? To whom could you easily go with your concerns and your questions?

We are particularly fortunate in this community to have board members whole vision and accountability are making sure our children can compete successfully in college and the work place when they graduate from high school.

This year our board members have completed their annual training requirements including a whole board training on boardmanship and ethics. They are currently working to complete requirements to retain their Distinguished Board status and will be recognized as a Distinguished Board by the Georgia School Boards Association in July. They are committed to the success of the students of Early County.

So, when you have complaints or suggestions, remember that you don’t have far to go to contact your school board members. Remember, too, that you and your board members share a vested interest in making sure our public schools are operating efficiently and effectively. And, while you are at it, say thanks!

The men and women serving our school district and their years of service are: James Cannon, chair, 12 years; Alice Hutchins, vice chair, 11 years; Dan Williams, five years; Billy Adams, one year; and Reginald Hall, one year.

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