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January Designated as School Board Recognition Month

January 2022 is designated as School Board Recognition Month, and Azle ISD is joining with school districts from around the state to recognize the efforts of school board members on behalf of Texas schoolchildren. The theme of this year's recognition, Rising Above, is especially apt, given the unprecedented challenges school boards have been facing in trying to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of the Azle ISD Board of Trustees are: Bill Lane, President, Place 6; Tim Brown, Vice President, Place 3; Sarah Bennett, Secretary, Place 2; Dr. Brenda Reed, Place 1; Dr. Ray Lea, Place 4; Jeremy May, Place 5; and Jeff Edwards, Place 7.

Our school board members are selfless volunteers who spend long hours working to ensure all of our students have the opportunity to learn and grow. Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. They work with parents, education professionals, and community members to create successful learning environments for our students. Our school boards continue to be instrumental as they tackle new challenges for Texas public schools and serve the ever-evolving needs of our students.

Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.

“School boards are essential to a strong public education system,” Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Director Dan Troxell said. “They provide the local governance and oversight that makes it possible for school districts to serve students, including establishing a strategic plan, adopting policies, approving a budget, and selecting and evaluating a superintendent. It’s fitting that we celebrate them in January as their leadership is key to the success of every school district in Texas.”

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