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Have you thanked a School Board Member lately?

Jan 06, 2014 | Community Relations

Most people never wonder, let alone ask out loud, why local school board members are willing to give so much of their time and energy to their community.

Public school board members are a dedicated few who are elected to represent an entire community's education values.

The beauty of public education is that opportunities are open to everyone, and it is up to those who lead the schools to ensure all students are given what they need to achieve and succeed.Among those leaders, school board members stand out. Putting in long hours and working for no pay, these dedicated public servants strive day in and day out to preserve the dream of public education.

School Board Recognition Month — observed in Texas each January — honors that dedication.

At a time when difficult choices are being made over budgetary priorities, a commitment to education and to our children must stand absolutely firm. School board trustees put our children needs first and make the essential investments that help students succeed in our increasingly complex society.

A school board lead the way in this endeavor. By setting high expectations for student achievement, supporting successful teaching and learning and linking schools with their communities, trustees empower students with the knowledge and skills they need to become productive, responsible citizens.

Take a moment to thank a Lamar CISD school board member for caring about the future of our children. Your school board members are:

  • Board President Julie Thompson, Trustee since 2004;

  • Vice President Rhonda Zacharias, Trustee since 2011;

  • Secretary Frank Torres, Trustee since 2011;

  • Kay Danziger, Trustee since 2013;

  • Anna Gonzales, Trustee since 2013;

  • Dar Hakimzadeh, Trustee since 2011; and

  • Kathryn Kaminski, Trustee since 2013.