The week of January 21 was School Board Recognition week. School Board Recognition Week is a time to show our appreciation and begin to better understand how local board members work together to provide a better future for our children.

The men and women serving the Chadron Public School district are: Sandy Roes, 12 years (+12 for Trunk Butte), Tom Menke, eight years, Gary Hoffman, five years, Jim O’Rourke, four years, Boone Huffman, one year, and Amanda Bannan, one year.

Board members have a variety of roles from policy making, to designating the chief executive, adoption of the annual budget, and developing a vision for student learning. One important role is planning. The Nebraska Association of School Boards in it’s booklet “A Guide for School Board Candidates in Nebraska” describes the board’s planning role as follows.

“The public expects the nation’s schools to provide a learning environment conductive to student achievement at the highest levels. In order to provide the leadership necessary to create that learning environment, the local school board must (1) ensure that the district and community work together to establish a clear vision of student achievement as their top priority, (2) implement the vision through the development of short-and long-range goals which focus on improving student learning, and (3) regularly assess the district’s progress toward the achievement of the goals.”

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Board members are citizen leaders. They face challenging and complex issues. Board member responsibilities are far reaching. An example of the implications of board decisions may be summed up in a quote I recently reviewed, “Teaching…The profession that creates all others.”

Thank you Sandy, Tom, Gary, Jim, Boone, and Amanda for your time, expertise, opinions, and perseverance for the students of Chadron Public Schools.

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