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Letter to the Editor

Citizens of McKenzie Special School District

By Lynn Watkins, Director of Schools
Posted 1/15/19

The McKenzie Special School District will join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Tennessee’s annual School Board Appreciation Week January …

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Letter to the Editor

Citizens of McKenzie Special School District

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The McKenzie Special School District will join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Tennessee’s annual School Board Appreciation Week January 20-26, 2019.

The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Tennessee’s school board members, including the McKenzie Special School District Board. School boards are given the tremendous responsibility of ensuring the education of Tennessee’s youth.

Tennessee school board members are chosen by their communities through election or appointment to manage local schools. They oversee multimillion-dollar budgets, which fund education programs for more than 975,222 students in approximately 1,822 schools. Their personnel decisions affect more than 79,000 teachers, administrators and support staff.

These volunteer community leaders also are responsible for formulating school district policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.

Our local board is one of volunteers. They receive no compensation for their time and commitment. They serve because they understand that strong schools build strong communities and the children we serve hold our future.

Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education in our community. We salute the public servants of the McKenzie Special School District Board whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible:

John Austin, Chairman

Jan Latimer,

Vice-Chairman

Jon Davis, Treasurer

Lance Rider,

TLN Member

Norman French,

TLN Alternate

Greg Barker

Lashonda Williams

Please join us by saying thank you to our school board members during Tennessee’s School Board Appreciation Week.

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