On Monday, January 8, 2018, the Klamath Falls City Schools joined 196 school districts throughout Oregon to celebrate January as “School Board Recognition Month,” according to Superintendent Paul Hillyer.
“Our school board members spend countless volunteer hours working to provide the best possible education for our students,” said Hillyer. “They also serve as the corporate board of directors for one of our community’s largest employers. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.”
Hillyer went on to say that "School board members represent their fellow citizens’ views and priorities in the complex enterprise of maintaining and running the community’s public schools. They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which is an important, highly valued aspect of education in Oregon."
"Too often the efforts of the school board members go unrecognized," Hillyer said.
The school board's main focus and goal is to support student achievement and to do so the board focuses on the following needs," added Hillyer.
- Creating a vision for what parents and citizens want their school district to become and how to make student achievement the top priority
- Setting standards for what students must learn and be able to do
- Assessing whether schools achieve their goals and whether students are learning
- Accounting for the outcomes of decisions and by tracking progress and reporting results
- Aligning the use of the district’s human and financial resources
- Creating a safe and orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach
- Collaborating to solve common problems and to support common successes
- Focusing on continuous improvement by questioning, examining, revising, refining and revisiting issues related to student achievement.
The Board celebration included KFCS staff, parents and students who were able to express their individual thanks. Additionally, each Board member was presented with a certificate of achievement.
“Even though we made a special effort during January to show appreciation for our school board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round effort on their part. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to improving student achievement and to fighting for the best for everyone,” Hillyer said.
Members of the Board are Bill Jennings, Chairman; Lori Theros, Vice Chairman; Mike Moore; Don Ambers; Trina Perez; Mychal Amos and Jeremy Player.
Press release from Klamath Falls City Schools.