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School Board Recognition Week

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The RCS Board of Education laughs as they participate in the Back to School video.

The New York State School Boards Association recognizes October 22-26 as School Board Recognition Week. This is a time to promote awareness and understanding of the important work performed by school board members. The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District is joining public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor local board members for their commitment to children.

“It takes strong schools to build a strong community,” Superintendent Brian Bailey, Ed.D. said. “Our school board members devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level.

According to Bailey, the RCS Board of Education spends many hours studying education issues, board policy and listening to the voices of the community in order to make informed decisions that support the district values. Bailey said that the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:

  • Creating a shared vision for the future of education
  • Setting the direction of the school district to achieve the highest student performance
  • Providing accountability for student achievement results
  • Developing a budget that aligns district resources to improve achievement, and
  • Supporting a healthy school district culture in which to work and to learn.

“School board members give the RCS community a voice in education decision making.  We are very fortunate to have such dedicated and involved board of education members,” Bailey said.

Members of the RCS Board of Education include, Teddy Reville, Jason Hyslop, Bray Engel, Tina Furst-Hotaling, Kristin Hill-Burns, James Latter, William McFerran, Kristen Rexford and Peter Ross.