Districts across the state will step up to recognize their school board members this month in accordance with Governor Rick Perry’s new proclamation.

“Education fosters success,” Perry said. “From grade school to university, a solid education establishes the foundation on which we build futures of achievement and advancement, futures that give fruition to the fulfillment of dreams and expectations.

“Members of school boards, men and women, who share a commitment to serve their communities, dedicate themselves to ensuring that students in the Lone stare State are given every opportunity to excel through education. In collaboration with others including educators, governmental officials and the citizens of the districts they serve, school boards are essential members of the education community.

“Throughout the month of January, an awareness campaign will be conducted to highlight the important role of school boards throughout the Lone Star State. At this time, therefore, I encourage all Texans to recognize the vital contributions of school boards and the enduring legacy they continue to mold in furthering the best for the Texas of tomorrow.”

Weatherford ISD’s plans are already well underway, according to Public Information Officer MJ McDaniel.

“We do a number of things every year,” McDaniel said. “Usually each of the elementary school adopts a board member.”

McDaniel added recognition is a great reward for the seven elected members on the Weatherford ISD board who work to make tomorrow better.

“It’s very important to recognize the board,” she said. “They’re elected officials who do a lot of hard work and they don’t get paid. It’s strictly a volunteer position.”

James B. Crow, Texas Association of School Boards executive director, said he hopes every community will find time to recognize their elected board members.

“Locally elected trustees are tireless advocates for our children,” he said. “School boards work with parents, administrators, education professionals and other local citizens to establish goals for the education program. They set standards, ensure schools are accountable to the community and strive for continuous improvement in student learning. That job entails a string of meetings and school functions to attend; reams of reports, agendas, proposals and other information to read and study, and host of complex decisions to make.”

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