Take time to thank EIS board members

In January, Kentucky observes School Board Recog­nition Month, acknowledging school board members for the leadership they demonstrate and the many hours they invest as links between the community and its schools. For their dedication, our school community is honoring these men and women during this month-long tribute.

Paul Godfrey, Kimbley Iman, Anthony Kuklinski, Guy Wallace and Matt Wyatt, EIS school board members elected by the people, are responsible for our community’s most precious resource and the key to its future – our children and their educational opportunities.

They may serve to improve those opportunities for their children, they may do it to ensure our community is poised to meet the future with a highly educated workforce able to improve the local economy or maybe they do it because they believe in the role public education plays in creating better Commonwealth for all.

But whatever the reason, the Elizabethtown Inde­pendent School’s board members serve with minimal compensation and maximum effort. Board members spend hours reading materials and digging into reports to prepare for long, detailed meetings. State law requires members to obtain training on finance, charter schools, ethics, leadership and other topics.

When changes are made at the state level, such as new graduation requirements, school board members look at their policies and budget to decide how to meet the new requirements.

And mostly importantly, school board members are members of the community, they must be prepared to answer questions about district operations at the grocery store or at the board table.

School Board Recognition Month is a good time to recognize Elizabethtown Independent school board members Paul Godfrey, Kimbley Iman, Anthony Kuk­linski, Guy Wallace and Matt Wyatt for their work.

It’s my hope the people in our community will take a few moments this month to thank them and to learn more about the work of our school board members who bear the tremendous responsibility of ensuring the long-term success of our school system – and of our community’s children.

Jon Ballard, superintendent

Elizabethtown Independent Schools

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