Henry County is celebrating School Board Appreciation Week through Friday. Local officials include Board of Education members (from left) Ryan Davis, Erik Charles, Dr. Pam Nutt, Mike Griffin, Josh Hinton and Superintendent Dr. Ethan Hildreth.
By Jason A. Smith
McDONOUGH — The Henry County School System, and its counterparts across the state, are participating in School Board Appreciation Week through Friday.
The weeklong observance, sponsored by the Georgia School Boards Association, celebrates the contributions of local boards of education.
Henry County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ethan Hildreth expressed his gratitude for the dedication shown by the local Board of Education.
“Our democracy relies upon dedicated community members willing to accept great responsibility as elected officials,” said Hildreth. “We are thankful for members of the Board of Education who have chosen to serve the students, educators and families of Henry County in this important role.”
The BOE includes its chairman Dr. Pam Nutt, who represents District I and has been on the board for 16 years. Josh Hinton in District II and Mike Griffin in District III are each serving their first year on the BOE.
District IV board member Ryan Davis has served for two years, and Vice Chairman Erik Charles has represented District V for 10 years.
The BOE is responsible for setting educational policies, hiring personnel, providing buildings and equipment, overseeing a transportation system and allocating school funds. School system spokesman J.D. Hardin said the board’s role goes beyond those duties as well.
“As community leaders, school board members serve as advocates for the children in local public schools and must study, evaluate and decide what actions are in the best interest of those students,” he said. “In addition to regular monthly meetings and planning sessions, members of the Board of Education are required to complete several hours of training each year according to state standards. They also attend conferences around the state and represent their districts at various county events.”