The Hermiston School District joins 197 school districts throughout Oregon in celebrating January as School Board Recognition Month.
“Our school board members spend countless hours of unpaid time working to provide the best possible education for our students,” said district Superintendent Dr. Fred Maiocco. “They also serve as the corporate board of directors for one of our community’s largest employers. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.”
School board members represent their fellow citizens’ views and priorities in the complex enterprise of maintaining and running the community’s public schools. They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which is an important, highly valued aspect of education in Oregon.
During the month of January, each board member is recognized by a school within the district. Buildings are creative in how they highlight the Board, but members may be recognized at a student body assembly, have lunch with students, or have bulletin boards and decorations hung in their honor.
“Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation for our school board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round effort on their part,” said Maiocco. “Too often their efforts go unrecognized.”