School Board Recognition Month marked

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Point Pleasant School District recently marked School Board Recognition Month. [FILE PHOTO]

POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant School District officials recently commemorated School Board Recognition Month, acknowledging the contributions made by members of the board of education throughout the year.

“Each year the [New Jersey School Boards Association and the National School Boards Association] declares January School Board Recognition Month and I wanted to take the time here to recognize our board of education members here and present on the virtual platform,” Superintendent Vincent S. Smith said during the board of education meeting held Jan. 25.  

“We do this every year and it is a time to applaud you for your service and dedication to this position. We all know, and I say it every year, this is not a paid position, this is a volunteer elected position and sometimes it can be very thankless as you might know, but I wanted to take the time to recognize you all for your outstanding work and your dedication to the district,” he said.

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According to the resolution presented during the meeting, the Point Pleasant School District Board of Education is one of 580 local school boards in New Jersey that sets policies and oversees operations for public school districts.

“You have heard me say it many times but this is my 13th year and I believe that the boards I have been able to work with and the board members are always a group of people that really I haven’t seen agendas for. They are about what is in the best interest of our students, our staff and our school community, and I applaud you for that,” Mr. Smith said.

“It is not always the case in many districts. I think the way you guys conduct yourselves in public goes a long way for the confidence that it builds out in the school community and believe me, that is true, because when board of educations are disheveled or fight amongst themselves, it sets a bad tone for the public. 

“It doesn’t mean we don’t have our disagreements. We share our different opinions but I always believe that in the end it is put aside and you do what is best and I think that is what is really good about this board.”

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