(front row l-r:) Vice Chairperson Melissa Upchurch, Chairperson Larry Muse, Whitney Smith and (back row l-r:) Jarrod Criswell and Benton Sloan
Board Members Larry Muse, Jarrod Criswell and Benton Sloan touring the facilities during a previous meeting.
As Kentucky observes School Board Recognition Month in January, the Wayne County School District is joining in the celebration.
Local Board Members Larry Muse, Melissa Upchurch, Whitney Smith, Jarrod Criswell, and Benton Sloan are among the more than 850 school board members in the state’s 171 local school districts being recognized this month for their service.
“This is the perfect time to thank school board members for serving in a role that has become increasingly complex,” said Davonna Page, president of the Kentucky School Boards Association and member of the Russellville Independent school board. “Members of the Wayne County Board of Education are responsible for making decisions aimed at ensuring that every child in their district has a chance to be successful both in school and in life,” Page said.
To do that, members oversee a $36 million budget, keep up with changing education laws and policies, and spend hours on professional learning and state-mandated training.
“The voters in Wayne County have elected these local leaders, who work to give every child in every classroom access to high quality teaching and learning,” said Superintendent Wayne Roberts. “At a time when state and federal funding continues to shrink, our school board members haven’t flinched in the face of the challenges or shied away from their responsibilities,” he said. “It is always an honor to serve our students and strive for education excellence for them.”