School Boards: Locally Owned and Operated Since Forever
Clarendon 3 will join 80 other school districts throughout the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January. More than 630 elected and appointed school board members throughout South Carolina will be recognized by schools and communities for their service and dedication to public education.
The theme of this year’s celebration, “School Boards: Locally Owned and Operated Since Forever,” reinforces the roles and responsibilities of school boards and the ownership they take for governing their local public schools. They are elected/appointed by the people in their local communities to represent their voice and vision for their public schools.
“The foundation of school leadership is ensuring equal learning opportunities for all students,” says Dr. Connie Dennis. “We’re proud of our district, and School Board Recognition Month is the time to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our elected trustees.”
In Clarendon 3, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for the annual budget, over 1200 students, 150 employees and two schools.
“School board members statewide make decisions that affect 690,000 South Carolina children and more than $3 billion in educational expenditures,” notes Dr. Dennis. “They preserve the core of our democracy—public education.”