Celebrating school board members
The month of February marks the annual observance of School Board Appreciation Month — a time to salute the work of school board members and celebrate public education. The theme of this year’s celebration, ”Advancing Opportunities for All,” reflects the top priority of local school board members as they advocate for public education with local, state and federal leaders on behalf of all students. Local school boards keep the public in charge of public schools, since they represent their community’s beliefs and values.
In Lunenburg County, 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 more than $17 million dollars, 1,447 students, 275 employees and 10 buildings. They preserve the core of our democracy — 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 board. Ask them how you might help support your local schools, and write your school board members a “thank you” note, or tell them in person. Let them know you appreciate what they do for students in Lunenburg County.
The men and women serving on the Lunenburg County School Board are Barry Carnes, chairperson; Kathy Coffee, vice chairperson; Beverly Hawthorne, Doug Aubel, Amy McClure, Ada Whitehead and Elizabeth Williams.
Charles M. Berkley
Superintendent of Schools