|Rockdale salutes school board members|
|Written by Administrator|
Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) is joining in a statewide celebration this week to salute the efforts of local school board members. This week, March 18-22, has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The weeklong observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education.
“Our board members work hard to ensure that students in Rockdale County are provided every opportunity to learn and build a solid educational foundation to pursue their dreams,” said Richard Autry, Superintendent. “They are elected to be the community’s voice on education and represent a continuous commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education. Our board has held the highest designation of Board of Distinction by the Georgia School Boards Association for going beyond the minimum required training, setting annual goals, and its dedication to continuous improvement in our district.”
The men and women serving our school district and their years of service are:
Chairman Jim McBrayer 3 years
Vice Chair Brad Smith 4 years
Wales Barksdale 9 years
Tony Dowdy 3 months
Mandy North 3 months
Sharon Pharr 3 months
Katrina Young 7 years
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. Please visit www.gsba.com for more information.