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January is Board Appreciation Month

Thank your school board member today

School Board members exemplify local citizen control and decision-making in education.  They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to ensure that our schools are providing the best education possible for the children of our community.   January is School Board Recognition Month and the perfect time to acknowledge their service to our students and our communities, especially during one of the most complicated school years in US history.

School Board Members are citizens whose decisions affect our children-what they learn, who will teach them, and what kinds of facilities house their classrooms.   These are men and women elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools.  They represent you, and they take this responsibility seriously by attending lengthy-sometimes challenging meetings, conferences, and forums where they broaden their knowledge about education during numerous conversations about the schools and sessions before the Colorado General Assembly.  Our school board is one of the 178 such boards across the state.  These boards enable us to have local control of public schools, meaning that the decisions on school programming are made by local, elected representatives who understand the community's unique problems, values, culture, and circumstances.  It's a huge responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. Too often, we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us. 

The staff and students of our school district are asking all local citizens to take a moment to tell a school board member, "thanks for caring about our children's education."  So, hats off to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to have a say about education in our communities.  We salute the public servants of Park County School District whose dedication and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible.  We applaud them for their vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow.

Park County School District Board of Education

Sheila Waite

Larry Foster

Kip Otteson

Claylynn Ryszkowski

Duane Thomson