School Board Recognition Month: Model news release

You may reproduce this news release on district letterhead and submit it to your local newspapers, radio and television stations. You may also want to send it to the Chamber of Commerce newsletter editor and the newsletter editors for other community organizations. Be sure to add information about special recognition you’re planning for your district’s school board members.

News Release

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Community celebrates ‘School Board Recognition Month’

The (school district’s name) School District will join the other 196 school districts throughout Oregon to celebrate January as “School Board Recognition Month,” Superintendent (first and last name) announced (date/day of week).

“Our school board members spend countless hours of unpaid time working to provide the best possible education for our students,” said district Superintendent (last name). “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.”

School board members represent their fellow citizens’ views and priorities in the complex enterprise of maintaining and running the community’s public schools, (superintendent’s last name) said. 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 school board members go unrecognized,” (superintendent’s last name) said.

The school board’s main goal, is to support student achievement, (superintendent’s last name) added. To achieve that goal, the board focuses on the following needs:

  • 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.

(Add a paragraph or two describing the special ways you will recognize your school board members during School Board Recognition Month.)

“Even though we are making 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 all of our students,” (superintendent’s last name) said.

For more information contact Alex Pulaski at 800-578-6722 or via e-mail at

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