UNION COUNTY — A former member of the Union County Board of School Trustees was honored Monday for his service on the South Carolina School Boards Association Board of Directors.
After eight years in office, District 2 Trustee Jantzen Childers opted not to run for a third term this year. His term ended with the election and swearing-in of his successor earlier this month.
Childers was present at Monday’s meeting of the Union County School Board, this time as an honored guest who was to be recognized for his four years of service on the South Carolina School Board Association Board of Directors.
SCSBA Executive Director-Elect Scott T. Price was also present and addressed the board about Childers and his service as a member of both the Union County Board of School Trustees and the SCSBA Board of Directors.
“Jantzen was elected to the Union Board in 2008, serving eight years and obtaining a Level 4 in SCSBA’s Boardmanship Institute,” Price said. “He was elected to the SCSBA board in 2012. He served one four-year term as Region 12 Director. While on SCSBA’s board, Jantzen served on the Awards Committee for four and the SCSBA Policy and Constitution Committee for two years.”
In address, Price reflected on the challenges of serving on a local school board and the statewide SCSBA board.
“You know, serving on a local school board can be one of the most rewarding — yet difficult — jobs that one can undertake,” Price said. “You might collect signatures and support to run. Maybe you run a hard-fought (and hopefully amicable) campaign. You give of your time and family time, you give of your emotions. In essence you make sacrifices in order to serve the students and families in your community.
“And sometimes you take on the added responsibility of serving on a state-level board, such as SCSBA’s Board of Directors,” he said. “It requires a different mindset — setting aside local preferences and desires, and focusing on what’s best for the state association and education systems as a whole.”
In serving on the SCSBA board, Price said that Childers faced these and other challenges and handled them magnificently. He added that he would not only miss Childers as a colleague, but as a friend also.
“And in that way, and in so many ways,” state board service presents its own set of challenges,” Price said. “Jantzen, you met these challenges and approached your job on SCSBA’s board in a true statesman-like manner.
“Your presence on the board will be missed,” he said. “I, personally, will miss having you as a kindred spirit and will miss out long discussions on hunting and the outdoors in general.”
Price concluded his address by presenting Childers with a plaque from the SCSBA honoring him for his service.
“On behalf of the SCSBA Board of Directors, Jantzen, thank you for your service to the Association and is membership.”
In accepting the plaque, Childers said his term on the SCSBA Board of Directors “was really a great four years.” Childers praised the SCSBA, saying “its got a lot to offer school boards.”
Childers also recalled with fondness his eight years on the Union County Board of School Trustees.
“I really enjoyed these eight years with y’all,” Childers said. “Thank you for all you’ve done. Thank you, God bless you, and I hope everything goes well.”
During Monday’s meeting, the board voted 5-4 to change its schedule of meetings from 7 p.m. twice a month to the 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month.
The board also received reports from Chief Academic Officer Cindy Langley about the District Report Card update including graduation and dropout data.
Also addressing the board was Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Principal Kathy Taylor and Monarch Elementary School Principal Micky Connolly about their schools’ report cards.
Technology Director Tim Barnado presented as information the proposed 5-year Digital Devices Plan.
Childers was not the only person recognized during Monday’s meeting which also saw student athletes recognized by the district.
For more about Monday’s meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees, the information presented, and the actions taken, see Saturday’s edition of The Union Times and go online at our website (www.uniondailytimes.com) and our Facebook page.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.