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Superintendent Schmidlen honors board members with proclamation

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brad Johnson From left are Randolph County Board of Education members Rachel Anger, Vice-President Janie Newlon, President Lisa Wamsley, Melodee Price and Amanda Smith, along with Superintendent of Schools Debra Schmidlen.

ELKINS — Randolph County’s five Board of Education members were honored with a proclamation during this week’s BOE meeting.

“What I learned is that January is School Board Recognition Month,” Superintendent of Schools Debra Schmidlen said during Tuesday’s meeting. “And we thought, what a great time and opportunity it would be to recognize our Board of Education members for your years of service and for your years of dedication to Randolph County Schools.”

Schmidlen read the following from the proclamation: “Whereas the mission of public schools is to meet the diverse educational needs of all children and to empower them to become competent, productive contributors to a democratic society and an everchanging world; and whereas local school board members are committed to children and believe that all children can be successful learners and that the best education is tailored to the individual needs of the child;

“And whereas local school board members work closely with parents, educational professionals and other community members to create the educational vision we want for our students; and whereas local school board members are responsible for ensuring the structure that provides the solid foundation for our school system; and whereas local school board members are strong advocates for public education and are responsible for communicating the needs of the school district to the public, and the public’s expectations to the district,” she continued.

“Now therefore, I, Debra Schmidlen, Superintendent, do hereby declare my appreciation to the members of the school board, and proclaim the month of January in this year, 2022, as School Board Recognition Month in Randolph County.

“I urge all citizens to join me in recognizing the dedication and hard work of local school board members, and in working with them to mold an education system that meets the needs of both today’s and tomorrow’s children,” Schmidlen read.

“Our school board members spend long hours working to ensure all of our students have the opportunity to learn and grow,” Schmidlen said during the meeting. “Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do. 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.”

“School boards are essential to a strong public education system,” she 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 in our county.”

The current Randolph County BOE members include:

President Lisa Wamsley, who has served as a board member for 16 years.

Vice-President Janie Newlon, has served as a board member for eight years.

Rachel Anger, who has served as a board member for six years.

Amanda Smith, who has served as a board member for six years.

Melodee Price, who has served as a board member for four years.

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