January is school board appreciation month

Robert Westbrook
Milano ISD Superintendent

I would like to take this time to extend a heartfelt thank you to each of the Milano ISD School Board members. Governor Rick Perry has declared January as School Board Recognition Month. Our school board members, president Edward Westbrook, vice president Carl Blake, secretary Lynette Taylor, Dewey Steinbecker, Jay Willingham, Shawn Walton and John Yakesch, are individuals who are uncompensated and, all too often, unsung for their efforts.

These seven individuals unselfishly serve on one of the most important executive committees because they care; they care about our community, they care about our schools and, most importantly, they care about our children. While our regular monthly scheduled board meetings are the fourth Thursday of each month, often times we have to have special meetings to address various issues. This often means a member has to juggle their own work schedule in order to attend the meeting.

They are always willing to make personal sacrifices to accommodate the needs of the district. Personally, I would like to thank each of our board members for donating their time to make sure Milano ISD is at its best.

The school board is vital because it governs the policies and procedures for schools set by federal and state guidelines. Although the regular school timeline for teachers and students is late August through June, the administration and school board have to work throughout the year to ensure all goals and objectives are met. Again, we celebrate the self-sacrifice and donation of time from these individuals.

Throughout the year, certain agenda items have to be met. Generally speaking, in education, summertime is usually thought of as vacation time. However, for the school board and administration, summer is one of the busiest times of the year. During the summer months, a small example of some of the items for discussion are district goal development, review of proposed budget, budget development, review of preliminary TAKS and STAAR results, review of student and staff handbooks, review/approve the code of conduct and approve salary schedules. Summertime also includes the resignations of some and the hiring of others. When you see a school board member, please thank them for their never-ending community service.

School board members not only have to meet and discuss these issues, but also field questions and concerns from local citizens, parents, teachers and students about policies and procedures of the district. As always, the school board and superintendent maintain an open communication base to keep one another apprised of school business and day to day operations.

It is not an easy job, as you can see from just a few examples listed above, to take so much time without pay, but these individuals do it for the sole reason of giving our Milano students the best education possible. Please join me in saying a heartfelt, “thank you” to our school trustees for their devotion to the children of Milano ISD.

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