Monday, January 14, 2019

Thank You, School Board Directors

January is School Board Appreciation Month. Join us in expressing gratitude to the nine school board directors serving the Owen J. Roberts community. A school board is a legislative body of citizens called school directors, who are elected locally by their fellow citizens and who serve as the governing body of each public school district. School districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are governmental units considered “political subdivisions.” Because school districts are created by statute, they and their governing bodies are regarded as “creatures of the General Assembly” (our state legislature), and as such they function in a sense as agents of the Commonwealth. Each board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office. Unlike most other elected officials, school directors receive no compensation for their work even though the position can require them to dedicate many hours to it.
Back Row: 
Mr. Karel Minor, Mrs. Pamela Clouser Wolfe, Ms. Leslie Proffitt, Mr. Matthew Fitzgerald, Mr. Doug Hughes 
Front Row:
Mrs. Cathie Whitlock, Mrs. Lisa Huzzard, Mrs. Melissa Booth, Mrs. Heather McCreary
Did You Know:

4,500 school directors serve Pennsylvania’s 500 publicschool districts; all boards have nine members.
• School director elections are held every two years, on a 5-4 rotation to ensure continuity.
• All board members are elected to four-year terms.
• School directors are elected locally; however, the state constitution delegates to them the responsibility to administer the school system as agents of the General Assembly.
• All serve as volunteers, without pay.
• The “typical” Pennsylvania school director is male, well-educated, 50-54 years of age, married with two children attending public schools, and voluntarily devotes 6-10 hours per month to school board business.
• 15% of those serving on school boards in 2018 are retirees.
• 5% of school directors are homemakers,
10% are self-employed or business owners and 4% are engineers.
• The number of female school directors was 39% in 2018.
• About three quarters of Pennsylvania school directors have attained a college degree or beyond.
• 22% of Pennsylvania board members have more than 10 years’ experience in 2018.
• 57% of all districts involve students at
their local board meetings. Of those districts, 97% rate their involvement with students at meetings as satisfactory or highly satisfactory.
• 90% of school boards engaged their communities by participating in cooperative projects with business and community organizations.
• Pennsylvania school directors continue to keep adequate school funding at the top of the list of the most important educational concerns facing public schools.
• 50% of school directors identified public service, and desire to give back and contribute to public education as the primary motivating factor in their decision to run for school director.
• 85% of school directors indicated that incorporating equity into district programs was important or very important.

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