SPECIAL STATEMENT FROM THE EDMONSON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
During the January 11, 2016 board of education meeting, Mr. Waddell announced that changes are coming in K-12 education at the national level with passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, with the potential for more change at the state level at a time when the Commonwealth’s new budget will be squeezed.
When changes like these filter down to the local level, they usually land squarely on the local board, Lorri Keith, Mickey Johnson, Gary Bagshaw, Alex Ulm, and Tonya Jones. These members must carry out these changes through policy and budgeting as well as innovation. They also must be prepared to communicate those changes at local businesses, at PTO or Booster meetings, in the parking lot after church, and sometimes through social media.
School Board Recognition Month in January is a good time to recognize the job that our school board members do for the students of Edmonson County.
To keep up with this ever-changing education climate, these school board members must spend hours in professional development and preparation of all kinds, form formal training to earn state-required credit hours to reviewing documents and reports prior to a school board meeting to studying education trends through news media reports.
Please take the opportunity this month to thank the school board members of Edmonson County and let them know that while events around them change, you appreciate their unwavering stand for the children of this community.