The Heard County School System is joining in a statewide celebration this week to salute the efforts of local school board members.
The week of March 18-22, 2013, has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The week-long observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education.
“Citizens elect board members to represent the community’s voice on education matters and to set the vision for the school district,” said Mr. Jerry Prince. “Our board spends countless hours fulfilling its responsibilities and working together to continually improve our education system.”
“As the men and women citizens elect to represent them in education matters, local school boards represent a continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education,” added Prince.
Heard County School Board Members (L-R): Mike Crockett (1992-present), Morris Long (1998-present), Chad Wood (2012-present), Vice Chairman Tim Holtzclaw (2000-present), Chairman Roger Harrod (2002-present)
As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing school personnel, providing buildings and equipment, operating a transportation system and disbursing school funds.
As community leaders, school board members serve as advocates for the children in local public schools and must study, evaluate and decide what actions are in the best interest of those students.
The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) sponsors the celebration. The mission of GSBA is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s 180 elected boards of education.