Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hearts and Hands for Kids: January Brings School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Recognition Month and Pine Tree ISD is joining other districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our local schools. The Board of Trustees consists of seven board members elected to serve, without compensation, for overlapping terms of three years each.

“School board members serve countless hours working to make public education the best it can be for every child,” said Superintendent, TJ Farler. “They develop policies and make tough decision on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students. They bear the responsibility and oversight in Pine Tree ISD for an annual general operating budget of $36,770,715 million, approximately 4,653 students in grades Pre-K to 12th grade, more than 651 employees and 8 campuses.

“Preparing today’s students to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow is a tremendous task. As elected officials, school board members are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of our school children,” said Farler.

“We proudly salute these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding, and school facilities. Their service ensures that decisions about local public schools are made by those most familiar with the needs of our community's children and families," she said.

At the regular January Board meeting, board members were recognized with a special presentation through cards, cookies and video performances. The theme this year is, "Hearts and Hands for Kids." View photos and events of the evening on the district webpage or in social media. Events will continue to take place throughout the month as campuses open their doors to a designated board member, who has been invited to tour the campus and learn from the students about what goes on day to day.

“Great leadership always begins with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference. Please join us as we applaud these local leaders for truly caring about our Kids,” said Superintendent Farler.

The men and women serving Pine Tree ISD are listed below. Read more about PTISD School Board meetings and other information at the PTISD School Board website. 

Charley Peck, President
First elected 2007, Peck has served for 6 years.
“I consider it a high honor and distinct privilege to serve the students, employees, and voters of Pine Tree. Our job as parents is to provide the best education possible for our children. I will work with my colleagues to make the quality of education, value to the tax payers, and work environment for the employees the best it can possibly be.”

Cynthia Hellen, Vice President
First elected 2012, Hellen has served 1 year.
"Being entrusted with the work of the school board is a responsibility and a blessing. Pine Tree is an excellent school district, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the students, employees and taxpayers in this manner."

Pat Noon, Secretary
First elected 2005, Noon has served 8 years.
"Since 1964, I have been a part of Pine Tree Schools as a teacher, parent and now as a school board member. Pine Tree has always been a leader and I am very proud of our students, teachers and community."

Terre Dunn
First elected 2007, Dunn has served 6 years.
"Being on the Pine Tree Board of Trustees offers a tremendous opportunity to serve the children, staff and community members of the Pine Tree District. Education plays a significant role in the lives of individuals and in the community. I hope that by working on the Board of Trustees I can help strengthen and support the mission of the Pine Tree schools."

Kerri Daugbjerg First elected 2009, Daugbjerg has served 4 years.
“My focus as a School Board Trustee is simple, to ensure that at each level of schooling we as a board are working towards defining and accomplishing goals that truly serve children first. We are charged with creating and providing the best quality education, which enables the success of all our students. I am honored to serve and hope with your honest input, I can be an effective voice for continuing to strengthen a great school district.”

Craig Meek, M.D. 
First elected 2011, Meek has served 3 years.
"I believe the task is clear: to be known as the premier school district and community in Texas, and to achieve excellence by every measure. The road before us will be challenging. We will have many triumphs and maybe a few set backs along the way, however we must take on this task as a community. Working together we will reach all of our goals."

Will Adamson
First elected 2013
Serving as a trustee on the Pine Tree school board is a significant responsibility, and the opportunity to participate in decisions that impact our students, administrators, teachers, and taxpayers is a privilege. A common sense approach to determining what is best for the students of Pine Tree and the educational experience we are charged with providing them will guide my decisions.

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