Susan Loclal 2015-01-20 02:35:57
On behalf of the nearly 1,000,000 students enrolled in Tennessee Public Schools, I want to THANK YOU for serving on your local Board of Education! My sincere hope is that you are finding your service to be rewarding and you enjoy the important role you play in preparing the young people in your community for their future (and ours). In my experience, I have served with community members who generously gave of their time and abilities, true servant leaders. They honestly want to do what is best for the students, educators and employees. We have been effective because we worked together as a team, in partnership with the school system administration, teachers, parents, students, members of the community, and other elected officials. Have you thought about why School Boards are necessary? The debate over this issue is currently taking place in political circles within Tennessee. While preparing remarks for a recent meeting with our legislators, I went to the National School Boards Association (NSBA) website and found the following in an article, Why School Boards? "No one questions why planning boards, municipal governments, and state legislatures exist. And yet, some people advocate turning over control of school governance to those same bodies, saying we should let someone else take charge of the future of our children's future." "School boards, elected or appointed by their communities, represent the community's beliefs and values. Who better than these community representatives to shoulder the responsibility for preparing children to live productive and satisfying lives?" It is not an easy time to serve on a school board or to be working in public education, but never has the effort been more rewarding. Watching, and celebrating with a young person when they walk across the stage to receive that high school diploma, makes all of our efforts, individually and collectively, worthwhile.
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