Across the state this month, local school board members, including those in the Bullitt County school district, will be saluted by their administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members during Kentucky’s observation of School Board Recognition Month.
Dolores Ashby, Debby Atherton, Lorraine McLaughlin, Darrell Coleman and Diane Thompson are among the 850-plus school board members in the state’s 173 local school districts who will be singled out for their service in doing a job that has become increasingly complex.
Academic standards. Achievement gaps. College and career readiness. School safety. Athletics and extracurriculars. Policies of all kinds. Plus the budgeting that undergirds it all. “These are just some of the areas local school board members must understand because of their responsibilities,” said Kentucky School Boards Association President Allen Kennedy, who chairs the Hancock County school board.
“It’s obvious from this list of examples that the job can’t be confined to the hours of a school board meeting,” Kennedy said. “Local school board members may spend hours of study before casting a vote, and spend time talking to their constituents while at home or work.”
In addition, members of the Bullitt County Board of Education must keep up with changes in education laws and regulations, and devote time to their own annual professional development and training.
“I hope community members will take the time this month to thank the board members elected to represent them,” Bullitt County Schools Superintendent Keith Davis said. “They are true partners with administrators, teachers and staff in making sure that kids come first in this district.”
Proclamations provided by the Kentucky School Boards Association have been forwarded to Bullitt County government agencies in appreciation of the hard work of Bullitt County school board members.