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Month set aside to thank school board

Letter to the editor Jan. 7, 2005

The Marengo County Schools will join school systems throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Alabama’s 12th annual School Board member Recognition Month in January.

The commemorative month is designed to recognize the contributions made by Alabama’s more than 800 local school board members, including the members of the Marengo County Board of Education, who are charged with governing public education under state law.

Alabama school board members are chosen by their communities through election or appointment to manage local schools. They oversee multimillion-dollar budgets which fund education programs for more than 732,000 students in over 1,500 schools. Their personnel decisions affect 48,000 teachers, 3,100 administrators and 45,000 support workers.

These volunteer leaders also are responsible for formulating school system policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.

Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education in our community. We salute Mr. Arthur Hopson, Mr. Mike McAlpine, Mr. Clifton McKnight, Ms. Babs Pritchett, and Mrs. Ernestine Wright, the public servants of the Marengo County school system, whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible:

Please join us by saying “thanks” to our school board members during Alabama’s 12th School Board Member Recognition Month.

OFFICE OF

SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION

MARENGO COUNTY

P.O. BOX 480339

LINDEN, ALABAMA 36748-0339