Serving students requires the expertise and compassion of many people with many forms of expertise, but in this month, let’s take the opportunity to express gratitude to our school board members. They are a vital link between the local community and the school district.
January is School Board Recognition Month. (See the governor’s proclamation.) WSSDA encourages everyone to reflect on the role of school boards and the hard work performed by the neighbors we elect to serve on those boards. And of course, to thank your local board members for their service.
An effective school board models collaboration, operates within the domain boards were created for, and does so with ever-growing professionalism and expertise. The board’s domain, or primary functions, are to provide visionary leadership, effective governance, and strategic advocacy on behalf of their local districts and K-12 education as a whole. While doing so, they should remain committed to educational equity, student achievement, and community engagement. In fact, studies have shown a correlation between a school board’s performance and its students’ achievement levels.
Learn more about serving on your local school board.