OWENSBORO, KY (1/12/12) – The month of January marks a special month in Education circles, and as DCPS media liaison Lora Wimsatt likes to remind everyone, “‘Appreciation days/weeks/months’ may not be news in and of themselves, but this is a great opportunity to share the important responsibilities of Boards of Educations in our communities through their roles of education leadership.”
School Board Appreciation Month is a time of recognition for the men and women who take time out of their schedules to serve on local boards of Education.
In a news release on ksba.org, the Kentucky School Board Association’s website, KSBA President and Lincoln County board member Tom Blankenship says, “The month of January has become a time for Kentuckians --and, in fact, for people in many other states -- to offer their 'Thank you’s to the men and women who serve on our local boards of education. Allow me to add my own nod of appreciation to the 871 other local board members in Kentucky's 174 school districts. Your work on behalf of your children, your staff and your community deserves a year-round salute, because those labors represent 12 months of study, choices and decisions."
Daviess County School Board chairman Frank Riney has served on the Daviess County Public Schools Board of Education for the last 35 years. He provides SurfKY news with an amazing overview of the changes that have taken place in education over that time period. “I think that one of the biggest changes in education has been technology,” says Riney. “If used properly, it can be a good asset.”
Riney also stresses the importance of education. “In today’s economy, young people are going to have to be able to meet the demands to help fix where we have gotten to. They won’t be able to be nearly as successful without a good education.” Riney tells SurfKY news. “I heard the other day that soon the number of people 65 and older is going to outnumber the number of people age 5 and under. Our young people have got to be ready to face what’s ahead.”
It is the opinion of this writer that with people as convicted and passionate about education as Riney serving on our local school boards, the educations of our young people are safe and in the right hands.
To all those who serve on local school boards and boards of Education, and work to make our young people’s educations better, we at SurfKY News thank you and salute you.
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