January is School Board Recognition MonthBy proclamation of Governor Inslee, January is School Board Recognition Month for the 25th year in a row. This annual observance was initiated by the National School Boards Association in 1995.
It is a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of high-quality public schooling for our youth. School board members in Bremerton are entrusted with the responsibility for an annual budget of $83.2 million, 5,150 students, as well as the more than 700 employees, and 12 buildings within the District.
School boards are charged with making decisions that can sometimes be quite difficult, or require sifting through a great deal of information. They also bear responsibility for developing a vision that will guide the school district for years to come. Through collaboration as a team, and with school district staff, their governance and advocacy are building the future of education in Washington state.School Board members are an excellent example of local citizen control. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize our newly elected officers - Board President Jonee Dubos and Vice President Carolynn Perkins, Past President Alyson Rotter, and our two newly-elected directors, Dr. Karen Bolton and Mr. John Hurley, who were sworn into office on December 12, 2019 by Mayor Greg Wheeler - for their year-round dedication to policy guidance, support of our staff and the dedication to knowing every aspect of how our schools work.We're encouraging all staff and members of the community to thank a Board member. Please thank them for volunteering their time and playing a critical civic role that helps form the bedrock of our democracy - public education. As a crucial bridge between the local community and the school district, their efforts are instrumental in helping all of us realize the hopes and dreams we have for the children of our community.