CONYERS--Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) is joining in a statewide celebration this week to salute the efforts of local school board members.
The week of March 17-21 has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The weeklong observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education.
"We appreciate our board members for their leadership in public education and their dedication to the children of Rockdale County," said Superintendent Richard Autry. "Our board members work hard to ensure that students in Rockdale County are provided every opportunity to graduate with an advantage over their peers with industry certifications for the workforce, or rigorous coursework and college credits for higher education. 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."
The men and women serving our school district and their years of service are:
Chairman Jim McBrayer, 4 years
Vice Chair Brad Smith, 5 years
Wales Barksdale, 10 years
Tony Dowdy, 1 year
Mandy North, 1 year
Sharon Pharr, 1 year
Katrina Young, 8 years
As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing school personnel, providing buildings and equipment, and allocating 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.