January 23-29, 2022 is School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community. Lauderdale County is joining public school districts from across the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Week and honor local board members for their commitment to Lauderdale County and its children.
“Our school system is the cornerstone for our community and these men and women devote their time to making sure our schools are helping every child,” Superintendent Shawn Kimble said. “Our board members spend time studying important issues like budgets, policies, and procedures. They are willing to make tough decisions when called upon to ensure the type of accountability people expect and our students deserve.”
Kimble said the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:
· Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority;
· Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the district’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;
· Creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach;
· Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems; and
· Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to serving ALL students.
“Our local school board is a strong group of dedicated individuals and it has been my honor to work with each of them. This has been another challenging year for schools and I am thankful for our local board’s efforts during these challenging times.”
The members serving our community are as follows:
· Ms. Linda Jennings, Board Chair
· Mrs. Jenny McWilliams, Vice-Chair
· Mrs. Eva Drain
· Mrs. Cynthia Glenn
· Mr. Austin Thompson, Jr.
· Mr. Bob Ennis
· Mr. Chris Rose
· Mr. Bradley Adams