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It’s safe to say that local elected leaders have seldom faced a year like 2009 and the outlook for 2010 is equally challenging. The members of the Henry County Public and Eminence Independent Boards of Education have worked to preserve the district’s ability to educate our children in the face of a massive state budget shortfall and tough economic times at the local level.
This financial crunch requires thoughtful — and difficult — decision making, as well as the ability to sort through facts and figures. At the same time, Ben Coomes, Brenda Chism, Tony Adams, Danny Fisher and Pamela Johnson for Eminence Schools and John Smith, Roy Winchester, Harold Bratton, Donnie Tipton and Danney Chisholm for Henry County Public Schools are also likely to be sifting through test scores, monitoring achievement gaps, making sure teachers are getting meaningful professional development, keeping tabs on school facilities and dealing with myriad issues that can pop up with little warning.
January is when Kentucky observes School Board Recognition Month – it’s an opportunity to thank these leaders for the many hours they put in as the link between the community and its schools. As evidenced by the issues listed above, the job requires more than just showing up for a monthly meeting.
With their work to set district policy and prioritize spending, the board has a direct impact on the ability of students to learn, achieve and to be successful once they graduate. That’s a powerful motivator for them.
Our community is fortunate to have these individuals on the Henry County Public and Eminence Independent Boards of Education looking out for its children, doing a job that is probably far more involved than most people realize – and likely more involved than even they expected when they began their public service.
As they face this year of uncertainties, these board members deserve our support during School Board Recognition Month and throughout the year.
Tim Abrams – Superintendent, Henry County Public Schools
Sonny Fentress – Superintendent, Eminence Independent School