Trustees honored during School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition Month and Sweetwater is joining other districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools.“School board members serve countless hours working to make public education the best it can be for every child,” said Mr. Terry Pittman, Sweetwater ISD Superintendent. In a climate of change and challenge, they develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students. They bear responsibility and oversight in Sweetwater for an annual budget of $23 million; over 2200 students, in Early Head Start to 12th grade; 400 employees; and six campuses."Preparing today’s students to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow is a tremendous task. As elected officials, school board members are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of our schoolchildren,” said Pittman. “We proudly salute these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and school facilities. Their service ensures that decisions about local public schools are made by those most familiar with the needs of our community’s children and families,” said Pittman. These dedicated individuals deserve recognition and thanks for their unfailing commitment to the continuing success of our students now and in the future,” he said.Sweetwater ISD has experienced an amazing Sweetwater Strong year and was named the 2013 Business of the Year at the Sweetwater Chamber Banquet. The men and women serving Sweetwater are Ginny Mayes (22 years), Russ Petty (nine years), Becky Jimenez (seven years), Mark Meneses (three years), Leah Andrews (two years) and Neal Hoover (two years). “Great leadership always begins with a willing heart, a positive attitude and a desire to make a difference. Please join us as we applaud these local leaders for truly caring about our kids,” Pittman said.