School board appreciation week
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Editor's note: it's School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee.

Governor Haslam has declared Jan. 24-30, 2016 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community. Cannon County is joining public school districts from across the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Week and honor local board members for their commitment to Cannon County and its children.

The board members serving our county are Randy Gannon, Chairman; Nathan Sanders, Vice Chairman; Bruce Daniel, Tim Powers and Shelley Walkup.

"Our school system is the backbone of our community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child," Director of Schools Barbara Parker said. "They spend countless hours studying the issues and regulations and make the tough decisions when called upon to ensure the type of accountability people expect."

Director Parker said the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:

* Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority;
* Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do;
* Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the district's goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;
* Being accountable for their decisions and actions by continually tracking and reporting results;
* Creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach;
* Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems; and
* Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement.

"Our local school board gives the Cannon County citizens a voice in education decision making process. Their contribution is a year-round commitment."

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