Several school districts within the Dunklin County region are recognizing each of the members making up their respective Boards of Education, in conjunction with a state-wide recognition week sponsored through the governor's office.
Annually, Governor Jay Nixon proclaims one week in January, specifically January 20-26 this year, as School Board Recognition Week honoring the efforts and dedication of school board members across the state. According to the governor's office, the celebration is hosted to highlight Missourian's benefits from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 3,600 men and women in every community across the state.
Statewide School Board members, like those serving locally, are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their tireless efforts, creating even more reason for recognizing them annually.
The overall goal behind the week of recognition is to not only thank members for their service, but to also promote or build a greater awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education and its members plays in schools and their respective communities.
Members of the Kennett Board of Education were recognized by their district Tuesday, January 15, during the school's regular monthly meeting. Superintendent Chris Wilson will present members with certificates of appreciation. Members serving the district include Matthew R. Shetley, president; Matthew Poole, vice-president; Randy Haman, member; Ralph Hemann, member; Eules Hively, member; Julie Lynn, member; and Chris Wake, member.
Also on Tuesday, Board of Education members at the Senath-Hornersville School District were recognized by Superintendent Larry Wood, who presented each member with a certificate of appreciation and recognition. Members at Senath-Hornersville include Byron Small, president; Robby Shrum, treasurer; Carl Johnson, secretary; Dana Autry, member; Eddie Lomax, member; Todd Fouts, member; and Kenny Crawford, member.
Southland Public Schools presented board members with recognition certificates during its regular monthly meeting last Thursday. Superintendent Kim Campbell awarded Missouri School Board Association documents to Jeff Wilson, president and members Lonnie Gibson Jr., Kathy Zolman, Brad Williams, Derrick Higgins, Dale McClelland, Jody Baugus.
Holcomb Public Schools hosts a School Board Member and Staff Appreciation Dinner for its members and faculty. This will be held on January 26, according to school administration. Each member of the board, as well as faculty and staff, will be recognized at this time. Board members in this district include Keith Emmons, Tony Houart, Mark McClendon, Brandon Wallace, Terry Don Weaver, and Tim Moore.
The governor's office, as well organizations such as the Missouri School Board's Association and Missouri United School Insurance Council (MUSIC) encourage communities and schools across the state to recognize the contributions of its Board of Education members and the impact they have on a child's educational experiences.
The qualifications to represent a district within Dunklin County as a member of the Board of Education requires being a citizen of the United States, a resident taxpayer of a candidate's respective school district, a Missouri resident for at least one year, and a candidate must be at least 24 years of age.
In addition to these basic requirements, board members are expected to attend training courses and actively engage in all opportunities for enrichment to better serve their district and the students attending. Regularly, local boards in the immediate Dunklin County region typically meet once per month for an executive meeting in which important decisions are made regarding all aspects of their respective education system.