January is School Board Recognition Month and Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is joining other districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools.
“School board members serve countless hours working to make public education the best it can be for every child,” said John P. Welch, PSESD Superintendent. In a climate of change and challenge, they develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students. They bear responsibility and oversight in PSESD for an average annual budget of $85 million; 431,000 students students, more than 400 employees.
“Preparing today’s students to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow is a tremendous task. As elected officials, school board members are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of our students,” said Welch.“We proudly salute these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding, and school facilities. Their service ensures that decisions in our region are made by those most familiar with the needs of our community’s children and families. These dedicated individuals deserve recognition and thanks for their unfailing commitment to the continuing success of our students now and in the future,” he said
Great leadership always begins with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference. We encourage school districts, education service districts, community colleges, mayors and other local officials to join PSESD in celebrating “School Board Recognition Month” in January. By doing so, you can help educate citizens about the importance of public schools and the people who ensure that all of Washington’s children receive the education they need to prosper in today’s global economy.