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Letter to the Editor

Citizens of McKenzie Special School District

Posted 1/24/23

The McKenzie Special School District join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Tennessee’s annual School Board Appreciation Week January 22-28, 2023.

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Letter to the Editor

Citizens of McKenzie Special School District

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The McKenzie Special School District join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Tennessee’s annual School Board Appreciation Week January 22-28, 2023.

The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Tennessee’s school board members, including the McKenzie Special School District Board. School boards are given the tremendous responsibility of ensuring the education of Tennessee’s youth.

The school board works closely with parents, education professionals, and community members to create the educational vision we want for our students. It then formulates goals, defines results and sets the course for a quality and equitable educational program for all students. The school board is accountable to the public. The school board also is a strong advocate for public schools and is responsible for communicating the needs of the school district to the public and the public’s expectations to the district.

These volunteer community leaders also are responsible for formulating school district policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education laws. 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 local board is one of volunteers. They receive no compensation for their time and commitment. They serve because they understand that strong schools build strong communities and the children we serve hold our future.

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 McKenzie Special School District Board whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible:

Lashonda Williams, Chairperson; Chad Brown, Vice-Chairman; George Cassidy, Treasurer; Misty Aird, TLN Member; Karen Fowler, TLN Alternate; Spiridon Roditis; and Bobby Young

Please join us by saying thank you to our school board members during Tennessee’s School Board Appreciation Week.

Lynn Watkins,
McKenzie, Director of Schools

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