New Hanover County Schools Celebrates School Board Appreciation Month

By / Life on the Island / Tuesday, 06 January 2015 05:00

During the month of January, New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) will honor and celebrate the work of the New Hanover County Board of Education and their contributions to our community. The goal of a designated month for appreciating the School Board is to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our community.
“We benefit each day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by our school board members – much of which goes unnoticed,” said NHCS Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley.  “They are dedicated individuals who are committed to the continuing success of our schools and students.”
Dr. Markley added, “We recognize their contributions reflect a year-round commitment on their part and they are appreciated all year long.”
New Hanover County’s Board of Education
Donald S. Hayes, Chairman
Jeannette S. Nichols, Vice Chairperson
Janice A. Cavenaugh
Tammy J. Covil
Lisa Estep
Edward B. Higgins, Jr. Esq.
Bruce T. Shell
Examples of school specific events in honor of School Board Appreciation Month
College Park Elementary School plans to send each Board Member a card filled with words of thanks, along with an invitation to share lunch with the students. Principal Maria Greene has “assigned” each grade level a Board Member and the students will plan something special with their Board Member during the month of January.
Pine Valley Elementary School will honor the Board Members with a gift of popcorn at the January Board of Education Meeting as a token of their appreciation.
Background on the Role of a Board of Education
What makes a public school “public,” is that it is controlled by citizens. Each School Board Member is elected to his/her position to represent the “public” opinion.  A major part of the Board’s role is to establish a vision for the community's schools that reflects a consensus of the Board, community, and district staff. Additionally, the School Board has a wide variety of other responsibilities, including adopting a balanced annual budget, adopting the school calendar, and approving curriculum materials.
 

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