The Chattooga County School District is joining in a statewide celebration this week to salute the efforts of local school board members. The week of March 12-16, 2018 has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The week-long observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education.

“Citizens elect board members to represent the community’s voice on education matters and to set the vision for the school district,” said Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman. “Our board spends countless hours fulfilling its responsibilities and working together to continually improve our education system.” “As the men and women citizens elect to represent them in education matters, school boards represent a continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education,” said Superintendent Lenderman.

The men and women serving the Chattooga School District and their years of service are:

Mr. Charles (Eddie) Massey (Chairman on the Board)- 14.5 years

Ms. Alma Lewis- 7 years

Mr. Larry Weesner (Vice-chairman of the Board)- 5.5 years

John Turner- 5 years

John Agnew- 1 year

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 elected boards of education.

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