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Oct. 27-31 is New York School Board Recognition Week

October 27, 2014

Local control of education through elected school boards is an American tradition that stems back to the original 13 colonies. While school boards are small and local, they represent one of the most important commitments citizens can make to their community — overseeing the education of its youth.

Monticello Central School District is joining public school districts across the state the week of Oct. 27 to celebrate New York School Board Recognition Week and honor local board members for their commitment to Monticello and its children. School Board Recognition Week is a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities.

“Strong schools help to build strong communities, and the members of our board of education devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every student achieve their full potential,” Superintendent Tammy Mangus said. “These community members serve as a voice for our public and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our community expects.”

According to the National School Boards Association, school board members devote 25 hours per month on average to board business — and in New York state, board members receive no financial compensation for this dedication. During the many hours board members serve, they not only attend district board of education meetings, but also devote time to study federal, state and district regulations, stay apprised of national education issues and address district-specific matters.

School boards have a wide range of responsibilities, but because children are their ultimate focus, the end result of their main work is to raise student achievement and oversee academic standards. They do this by:

       • Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority;
       • Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do;
       • Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the district’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;
       • Helping develop district budgets and presenting them to the community, as well as aligning district resources to improve achievement;
       • Adopting and maintaining policies that create a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach;
       • Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement.

School board members give the Monticello citizens a voice in education decision-making. Even though School Board Recognition Week often leads to special efforts to show appreciation in October, board members’ commitments continue year-round.

The members serving the Monticello Central School district are as follows: Stacey Sharoff, President; Alyce Van Etten, Vice President; Cathleen Doherty; Scott Dorn; Jennifer Kelly; Robert Kunis; John Moul; Ellen Nesin and Susan Purcell.

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