The month of January provides a unique opportunity to acknowledge a special group of volunteer elected officials in education. It is School Board Recognition Month, and it offers the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District a way to acknowledge the continuing efforts of its school board members in providing leadership and guidance. Our board members—President Daniel Gray, Vice President Ron McDaniel, Secretary Carol Miles, Disbursing Officer Dena Toney, Marcia Dornblaser, Jim Moore, LaConda Watson and Colonel William Brooks—dedicate countless hours of hard work to improving education for JNPSD students.
Our school board members take that responsibility and public trust very seriously, donating an enormous number of hours to their work both in and outside of board meetings. Attending school functions, preparing for board meetings, reading financial reports, agendas and proposals and making a host of difficult and challenging decisions are just a few of the regular activities they participate in through their service.
JNPSD board members have also made a commitment to continuous professional development to ensure they stay up-to-date on the latest education issues.
Today, more than ever, school board leaders are faced with the overwhelming charge of providing a quality education and charting a course that provides long-term, sustainable success for current and future students in all JNPSD schools.
School Board Recognition Month is part of a national effort cosponsored by the Arkansas Association of School Boards and the National School Boards Association to build community awareness and understanding about the crucial role school boards play in our communities.