The purpose of the week is to build awareness and understanding of the vital functions a locally elected board of education plays in our community.
The Cheatham County School District will join other public school districts from across the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Week and honor local board members for their commitment to the county and its children.
“Our school system is the backbone of our community, and these men and women devote many hours to making sure our schools are helping every child,” Interim Director of Schools Stacy Brinkley said.
Brinkley added: “Our local School Board shapes the future of education in Cheatham County by influencing the high-quality of education that our students receive. The Cheatham County School Board shows its commitment to educational excellence and equity and for that we are very grateful for their attitude of service.”
Brinkley said the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:
· Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority;
· Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do;
· Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the district’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;
· Being accountable for their decisions and actions by continually tracking and reporting results;
· Creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can
· Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems;
· Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement.
Cheatham County School Board members are David Bibee (first district); Kimberly Messer (second district); Jennifer Hamblin (third district); James Gupton (fourth district); John Louallen (fifth district); and David Risner (sixth district).
Board meetings are held the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Board Annex building on Elizabeth Street in Ashland City.