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Varner: We appreciate our board members

Brewton City Schools will join school systems throughout the state to salute our local education leaders during Alabama’s annual School Board Member Recognition Month in January.

The commemorative month is designed to recognize the contributions made by Alabama’s more than 800 local school board members, including the members of the Brewton City Board of Education, who are charged with governing public education under state law.

School board members are chosen by their communities to manage local schools. They oversee multimillion-dollar budgets that fund education programs for more than 744,930 Alabama schoolchildren. Our local school board members are part of a statewide team that supervises 91,277 employees, in- cluding 46,539 teachers, 3,110 administrators, and 35,712 support workers and others in 1,467 schools.

These volunteer leaders are responsible for formulating school system policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.

Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education in our community. We salute the public servants of the Brewton City School system whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible.

Members of the Brewton City Board of Education include President Mark Manning, Vice-President Regina Watson, Sybil Brundidge, Ann Peach, and Bart Till. Please join us by saying “thanks” to our school board members during Alabama’s 25th School Board Member Recognition Month,

 

Dr. Kenneth Varner is the superintendent of Brewton City Schools.