Gilmer Board of Education members honored
The Gilmer County School District is joining in a statewide celebration this week to salute the efforts of local school board members. The week of March 18-22 has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The weeklong observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education.
“Citizens elect board members to represent the community’s voice on education matters and to set the vision for the school district,” said Dr. Shanna Downs, superintendent of Gilmer County Schools. “Our board spends countless hours fulfilling its responsibilities and working together to continually improve our education system.
“As the men and women citizens elected to represent constituents in public education matters, school boards represent a continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education.”
The gentlemen serving our school district and their years/months of service are:
﹣ Michael Bramlett, chairperson — 27 years
﹣ Ronald Watkins, vice chairperson — 14 years
﹣ Jim Parmer, board member — 6 years
﹣ Tom Ocobock, board member — 2 years
﹣ Doug Pritchett, board member — 2 months
As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing the superintendent to provide buildings and equipment, operate a transportation system and disbursing of school funds. As community leaders, they serve as advocates for the children in local public schools and must study, evaluate and decide what actions are in the best interest of those students.
The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) sponsors the celebration. The mission of GSBA is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s elected boards of education. Visit gsba.com for more information.