Photo by Kimberly Palmer

The Whitewright ISD Board of Trustees were recognized Monday night for their faithful service to the district and were given gifts of appreciation by each campus. From left to right are: Brian Ritchie, Kelly Selman, June Gail Purdom, Superintendent Steve Arthur, Linda Jester, Danielle Bryan, Jack Rogers and Tammy Francis. 

Whitewright ISD Board Honored

​​By Kimberly Palmer

The Whitewright ISD Board of Trustees were honored for their service and showered with gifts Monday night in recognition of their volunteer service to the district. Superintendent Steve Arthur said, “I want to remind everyone how important it is to have a good board of trustees. I tell the staff to not take this board of volunteers for granted.” All three campuses brought gifts and thanks from their schools. Principal Brandon Whiten brought seven students who each read a letter of thanks to a board member with a theme of being safe, warm and loved and presented each board member with an embroidered blanket. Principal Charles Nash came armed with a couple of boxes of gifts so that each member received a personalized tumbler, a bundt cake, “for saving their buns” and super-sized thank you cards. Principal Steve Morrow had a laser etched glass platter presented to each board member by a staff member of Whitewright High School and every staff member expressed their appreciation to each board member for their service. After the meeting the board was treated to a catered meal from Triple R BBQ.

Governor Greg Abbott has declared January as School Board Recognition Month. “In Texas, we place immense value in our youth. We protect them, guide them, and are always working toward a better tomorrow to secure our young people’s bright and precious futures. We also understand the tremendous value of education in young people’s lives and strive to ensure our state provides our youth with the opportunity to receive a rigorous and well-rounded education that will function as the foundation upon which their dreams will be built into reality.

“School boards play a vital role in our effort to develop education in the Lone Star State as they work with parents, education professionals, and community members to create successful learning environments. While each day brings new challenges for Texas public schools and the students they serve, school board members, along with other dedicated school officials, have tackled these challenges as opportunities to discuss important issues, develop innovation solutions, and empower educators.

“At this time, I encourage all Texans to join in celebrating the work and success of our many school board members across Texas who play an important role in the education of Texas’ youth. The children we nurture right now will become the leaders of our state and nation in the future,” Abbott said.

“School Board Recognition Month is the perfect time to thank the 7,300 locally elected leaders who deeply care about the success of all Texas children. These dedicated men and women strive for excellence in our public schools and serve without pay on local boards. In communities across the state, they willingly step forward to tackle serious issues, deal with financial uncertainties, and still provide excellent education experiences for our children,” said James B. Crow, executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

“The long hours and enormous responsibilities of school board service often are not visible to those who may not fully understand the challenges facing public education. Yet, these local trustees embrace hard work as they demonstrate compassion and concern for the success and well-being of every Texas student. They work closely with parents and educators to develop sound education policies in their districts and set high standards for student success,” Crow said.

“We urge every community to thank local board members for their unfailing commitment to the students in their charge as they tackle this important job. Join us in applauding them for making the time to care about the future of Texas schoolchildren, their local communities, and this state,” he said.

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve approximately 5.4 million public school students.