Show your appreciation for Selma’s school boardPublished 9:39pm Tuesday, January 3, 2012
January is School Board Recognition Month, and the Selma City School System is joining school systems throughout the state and nation to salute their local education leaders for their untiring dedication to public education.
Public education is the backbone of American society, and local school boards are deeply rooted in U.S. tradition. It is the foundation on which our democracy was built. Today local school boards continue to do the most important work of their communities—that of educating our youth.
Nationally, there are more than 90,000 local school board members, serving 13,809 local school districts. They govern 50 million public schools’ pupils.
Alabama school board members are chosen by their communities through election or appointment to manage local schools.
They oversee multimillion-dollar budgets which fund education programs for more than 749,084 students in 1,523 schools.
Their personnel decisions affect 47,573 teachers, 3,084 administrators and 36,680 support workers.
These community leaders also are responsible for formulating school system policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law.
Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.
Showing appreciation for the important work of school boards should be a year-round process, but too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and lady who represent us.
This January, the staff and students of our district are asking all members of the Selma community to take a moment and thank a school board member.
The members of the Selma City Board of Education are Henry Hicks, Senior, Frank Chestnut, Junior, Brenda Randolph Obomanu, Holland Powell, and Udo Ufomadu.
This elected governing body faces many challenges: but, it is committed to making the Selma City Schools a strong public education system.