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January is School Board Recognition Month

posted Jan 17, 2019, 6:44 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jan 17, 2019, 6:54 AM ]

Bristol – On January 15, 2019, the Vermont legislature passed a resolution declaring January as School Board Recognition Month. “This is a time to promote awareness and understanding of the important work performed by school board members,” said Nicole Mace, Executive Director of the Vermont School Boards Association. Mount Abraham Unified School District is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Month to honor local board members for their commitment to their school district and its children.

“Successful schools help to build strong communities, and our school board members devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level,” Superintendent Patrick Reen said. “They make difficult decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.”

The key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:

  • Creating a shared vision for the future of education

  • Setting the direction of the school district to achieve the highest student performance

  • Providing accountability for student achievement results

  • Developing a budget that aligns district resources to improve achievement

  • Supporting a healthy school district culture in which to work and to learn

“School board members help ensure citizens of our five towns have a voice in education decision making. Even though we are making a special effort to show our appreciation this January, their contribution is a year-round commitment,” Reen added.

For the first time this year, Vermont’s own Darn Tough Socks is helping honor these committed volunteers by providing each board member around the state a free pair of socks. “I’m glad we can show some appreciation for those who donate so much time to educating our kids. After all,” said General Manager Brent Blevins, “they have a ‘darn tough’ job.”