Marion, SC, January 3, 2019– Marion County School District will join school districts throughout the state and nation to celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January. More than 600 locally-elected and appointed school board members throughout the state will be recognized by schools and communities for their service and dedication to public education.
The theme “Local Voice, People’s Choice” highlights the fact that school board members are elected/appointed by the people in their local communities to represent their voice and to ensure the success of schools and students.
“Our Board of Education members are elected officials, chosen by the community to represent their beliefs and values,” says Superintendent, Dr. Kandace Bethea. “This month we honor the year-round commitment that school board members make to our district and the community.”
In Marion County School District, school board members develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $34.6 million, 4410 students, and about 800 employees.
As a part of School Board Recognition Month, Marion County School District board members will participate in an official signing of the South Carolina School Board Member Ethical Principles during their January school board meeting. By signing the principles, school board members publicly vowed to uphold effective governance principles and pledge to improve public education in their community.
The men and women serving Marion County and their years of service are Chairperson Cynthia Legette (23 years), Vice Chair Levant Davis (14 years), Patricia Atkinson (1 year), Rev. Cynthia Brown (9 years), Linda Neal (5 years), Charles White (3 years) and Ogleretta White (4 years).