January is School Board Appreciation Month


School Boards: Speak Out for Public Schools

January is School Board Appreciation Month



School Board Recognized for Service in January

Robert Thompson, Mike McRae, Joe Rogers, Fitzgerald Lytch, Alex Lewis, Ethel Taylor, Burt Rogers, and Ray Rogers, Superintendent

School Board Recognition Month, in January, is celebrated by 85 local school districts in South Carolina, as more than 630 elected school board members are honored by their schools and community for untiring dedication to school governance.

The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month-a time to salute the work of our local school board members serving Dillon schools and to celebrate public education.


 The theme - "School Boards Speak Out For Public Schools"- reflects the efforts of men and women board members who advocate and shape the direction of our state's public schools.


Dillon School District Four proudly acknowledges our board members who take the time to share their vision and voice for the future of Dillon County students.


“The foundation of school leadership is ensuring equal learning opportunities for all students,” says Superintendent Ray Rogers “We’re proud of our district, and School Board Recognition Month is the time to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our school board members.”


In Dillon School District Four, 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 $ 19 million, 3,535 students, 503 employees.


“School board members make decisions that affect 690,000 South Carolina children and about $3 billion in educational expenditures,” notes Superintendent Rogers. “They preserve the core of our democracy—public education.”


Each school will recognize school board members throughout the month of January.


As citizen leaders, school board members face complex and demanding challenges. Yet few people fully understand the scope and far reaching implications of board members’ responsibilities. South Carolinians should recognize the vital contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the crucial role these officials play in the education of our children.


Their job is to establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, ensure schools are accountable to the community and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning. That job entails an endless string of meetings and school functions to attend; reams of reports, agendas, proposals and other information to read and study; and a host of difficult decisions to make.


 School board members come from all walks of life. They are farmers, secretaries, doctors, lawyers, homemakers, architects, truck drivers, professors, business owners and real estate agents, to name a few. Although they wear many hats in the workday world, school board members put on a collective hat when they get down to the business of leading their school districts. Board members must pull together as a team toward a common goal—  helping students achieve. Though they may individually disagree on certain issues, their role as a board is to consistently strive toward that goal. Working together, school board members are the leading voices for public schools !


 Board members contribute hundreds and hundreds of hours each year leading their districts. Whether it be crafting policies, hiring top-notch administrators, listening to staff and student concerns or recognizing outstanding programs, board members always keep their eyes on the goal of student achievement.


 The time spent in board meetings represents just a small fraction of the hours school board members spend leading in their districts. They also work hard at seminars and training sessions to keep abreast of the latest trends in educational leadership, are deeply involved in community activities and spend many hours in the schools and at extracurricular events. Their love for learning, and concern and caring for students, staff and community, drives board members’ desire to lead so students can achieve.


In recognition of the dedicated service, January is designated School Board Recognition Month. This is a time to show our appreciation and begin to better understand how local trustees work together to provide a better future for our children. In January, join with others from throughout our district and state to salute the men and women who provide grassroots governance of public schools. Make a special effort to tell each school board member that his or her hard work has been noticed and is truly appreciated. School boards: leading voices for public schools!

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