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JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Public Schools’ PTAs helped celebrate The New York State School Boards Association’s School Board Recognition Week at last night’s board meeting by dedicating a book in honor of each board member to be placed in every school library. The Jamestown Schools’ PTAs recognize the Board members every year for their service with a book dedication. Jamestown Public Schools is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor our local board members, Paul Abbott, Patrick Slagle, Dan Johnson, Nina Karbacka, Shelly Leathers, Joseph Pawelski and Christine Schnars, for their commitment to Jamestown and its children.
“School board members give the Jamestown citizens a voice in education decision making. Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in October, their contribution is a year-round commitment and we can’t thank them enough for their service to the children of Jamestown,” said JPS Superintendent Bret Apthorpe. “We appreciate that our Jamestown PTAs dedicate a book to every school library in honor of each of our board members. It’s such a fitting and deserving way to honor their service – by giving books that our students will enjoy reading.”
NYS School Board Recognition Week is a time to promote awareness and understanding of the important work performed by school board members.
“It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and our Board of Education donates countless hours to ensure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level,” said Dr. Apthorpe. “They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.”
Dr. Apthorpe said the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:
- Creating a shared vision for the future of education
- Setting the direction of the school district to achieve the highest student performance
- Providing accountability for student achievement results
- Developing a budget that aligns district resources to improve achievement
- Supporting a healthy school district culture in which to work and to learn
- And much more!