Many things are celebrated in the month of January. Among them is School Board Recognition Month. According to a press release from The Clarendon County School District, the district will join many districts nationwide to celebrate, recognizing almost 600 locally elected and appointed school board members throughout the state.
This year's theme is 'Forward Together' in hopes of reminding people to celebrate school boards' unique role in championing and advocating for quality education and the ownership they take for governing the local public schools.
Per the press release, "This is a time to salute the work of our Clarendon CountySchool Board Members and the work of our Clarendon County School Board Members and the work they put in to ensure that our students have the most qualified staff, safe schools and most importantly, that we build well-rounded, confident, responsible citizens," says Dr. Shawn Johnson, CCSD Superintendent. "This month, we honor the year-round commitment that school board members make to our district and the community."
In CCSD, school board members develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for the district's annual budget, over 4,000 students, 700 plus employees, ten schools, one career center, one adult education center and numerous office buildings.
As a part of School Board Recognition Month, CCSD board members will participate in an official signing of the South Carolina School Board Member Ethical Principles on Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Manning High School Lecture Hall during the January School Board Meeting. By signing the principles, school board members will publicly vow to uphold effective governance principles and pledge to improve their communities public education.
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