Valdosta City Schools celebrates school board week

From left to right (back): Lizzie Shumphard, Dean Rexroth, Debra Bell, Bill Love, Kelly Wilson, Jeana Beeland, Trey Sherwood, Warren Lee. Front: Vanassa Flucas.

 VALDOSTA — Valdosta City Schools joined statewide celebrations to salute the efforts of local school board members. The week of March 16 – 20, was proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The weeklong observance called attention to the contributions of local boards of education.

“Local citizens elect board members to represent the community’s voice on education matters and to set the vision for the school district,” said Superintendent E. Martin Roesch of Valdosta City Schools.  “Our board spends countless hours fulfilling its responsibilities and working together to continually improve our education system.”

 The men and women serving Valdosta City Schools and their years of service are:  Lizzie Shumphard, District 1, one year of service; Vanassa Flucas, chairwoman, District 2, five years of service; Warren Lee, District 3, 25 years of service; Dean Rexroth, District 4, six years of service; Trey Sherwood, District 5, nine years of service; Bill Love, District 6, 10 years

of service; Debra Bell, vice

chairwoman,  District 7 (Superward East), five years of

service; Kelly Wilson, District 8 (Superward West), five years of service, and Jeana Beeland, District 9 (At-Large), nine years of service.

 As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing school personnel, providing buildings and equipment, operating a transportation system, and disbursing school funds. As community leaders, a school spokeperson said local school board members serve as advocates for the children in local public schools and must study, evaluate and decide what actions are in the best interest of those students.

 Schools and departments within the district presented the members of the Valdosta Board of Education with handwritten notes and pictures, gifts and refreshments as a special thank you on Monday, March 23 during their work session.

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