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District Celebrates School Board Appreciation Month; Board Members Presented with Original Pieces of Student Art

During the Tuesday, January 26, 2020, meeting of the Aiken County Board of Education Aiken County Public Schools celebrated School Board Recognition Month to say thank you to board members for all they do to support the school district’s administration, schools, teachers, and students.

Each January the South Carolina School Boards Association celebrates School Board Recognition Month. This provides school districts and communities across the Palmetto State with the opportunity to recognize the hard work and hundreds of hours of service given by board members. The theme of “School Board Strong” is a reminder that while board members are elected individually by members of the community to represent their voice and ensure the success of our students, they also act collectively as a body to accomplish that mission.

School board members have faced incredible challenges this year – challenges no other board members before them have. They've met many times, held long discussions, heard from thousands of constituents, students, and employees in making tough decisions affecting nearly 25,000 students and 4,000 employees.

As a small token of our District's appreciation, each board member was presented with a unique, student-created piece of art by Superintendent King Laurence.

Also, during the meeting each board member signed the South Carolina School Board Member Ethical Principles poster indicating their public vow to uphold effective governance principles and pledge to improve public education in Aiken County.

Mrs. Sandra Shealey, representing District 1, received a piece of art from Emma Jean Poole, a Freshman at Wagener-Salley High School.

Mr. Jason Crane, representing District 2, received a piece of art from Sara Rosier, a Freshman at Silver Bluff High School.

Mr. Brian Silas, representing District 3, received a piece of art from Alison Ramirez, a Senior at Midland Valley High School

Dr. Patricia Hanks, representing District 4, received a piece of art from Katelynn Case, a Senior at North Augusta High School.

Mr. Barry Moulton, representing District 5, received a piece of art from Hannah Lamb, a Sophomore at North Augusta High School.

Mr. Dwight Smith, our Board Vice-Chairman representing District 6, received a piece of art from Ryan Hicks, a Class of 2020 graduate from Midland Valley High School

Ms. Patrice Rhinehart-Jackson, representing District 7, received a piece of art from Alea Crespo, a Sophomore at Aiken High School.

Dr. John Bradley, our Board Chairman representing District 8, received a piece of art from Graham Hucks, a Junior at Aiken High School.

Mr. Cameron Nuessle, representing District 9, received a piece of art from Lia Hancock, a Senior at South Aiken High.