Whitehall Board of Education members, both new and continuing, will be recognized during this month's meeting for their service to the students of Whitehall.
The acknowledgement is all part of the Ohio School Boards Association's School Board Recognition Month in January. The honor is meant to build awareness and understanding of the importance school boards play in today's society.
"Ohioans benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 3,400 men and women across the state," Whitehall Superintendent Judyth Dobbert-Meloy said. "These public servants are elected to serve by local citizens and receive little compensation for their tireless efforts. These men and women are the local school board members of Ohio. These people unselfishly contribute their time and talents toward the advancement of public education."
School Board Recognition Month honors the members of Ohio's 719 city, exempted village, local and joint vocational boards and educational service centers governing boards for their commitment to providing quality public education to Ohio's students.
The Whitehall City School District is joining other districts throughout the state this month to recognize the contributions school board members make to their communities.
Whitehall honored its board members during their regular monthly meeting Jan. 10. The district presented them with a small bag of gifts, along with several items from a number of the schools. They also were treated to a light dinner by the district's administration.
Included in the honors were board president Walter Armes, who has served 20 years on the panel; board vice president Ronda Howard, who has served for nine years; board member Mike Adkins, who is entering his second year; board member Brandon Howard, who also is entering his second year; and Blythe Wood, a seven-year board member.
"They represent a continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education," Dobbert-Meloy said in a press release this month. "Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation to our school board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round commitment on their part. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to the continuing success of our schools and students."