UNION COUNTY — Even though they have each strived to do so since they were elected the members of the Union County Board of School Trustees pledged in writing Monday to work to improve public education in Union County.
January is School Board Recognition Month which honors school board members for their service and dedication to public education. As part of the district’s celebration of School Board Recognition Month, the Union County of School Trustees took part in an official signing of the South Carolina School Board Member Ethical Principles during their January board meeting held Monday evening at Lockhart Schools.
By signing the South Carolina School Board Member Ethical Principles, each trustee promises that:
As a member of my district’s school board, I pledge my efforts to improve public education in my community and will solemnly try to:
represent the interests of the entire district when making decisions and to rely on available facts and on our judgment rather than on individuals or special interest groups;
understand the proper role of the board to set policies governing the district and to hire the chief administrative officer to carry out these policies;
encourage an open exchange of ideas by all board members during the decision-making process;
seek regular communications between the board and students, staff and all segments of the community;
attend all board meetings, to study issues facing the board and to enact policies and official actions only after full discussion at such meetings;
work with other board members in a conscientious and courteous manner befitting the public trust placed in the position of school board trustee;
communicate concerns and public reaction to board policies and school programs to the superintendent and other board members in a professional manner;
support employment of the persons best qualified for staff positions and to ensure a regular and impartial evaluation of all staff;
avoid conflicts of interest and to refrain from using my board position for personal or partisan gain;
encourage recognition of the achievements of students and staff and of the involvement of community residents;
support legislation and funding which will improve the educational opportunities and environment for students and staff;
take no individual action which would compromise the integrity of the board or administration and to respect the confidentiality of information that is privileged under the Freedom of Information Act;
study current educational issues and to participate in training programs such as those offered through the South Carolina School Boards Association and the National School Boards Association; and
make our district’s educational setting the best possible to encourage all students to achieve and to love learning.
In other business, the board voted unanimously to approve the following field trip requests:
• For the Union County High School Wrestling Team to travel to the Upper State 4-A Individual Wrestling Tournament and the State 4-A Wrestling Championship in the event they qualify to do so.
• For the Foster Park Elementary School 5th grade to go to the YMCA Camp Greenville.
• For the Monarch Elementary School 5th grade to go to Charleston.
The board also voted unanimously to again allow the Salkehatchie Summer Service to use Sims Middle School this summer.
The school district has received funding for a new Career Development Facilitator and the Personnel Report presented Monday recommended that Terricka Glenn be appointed to the position.
Glenn was approved for the position by a vote of 8-1 with Trustee Manning Jeter casting the only dissenting vote.
As Career Development Facilitator, Glenn will work at Union County High School, Sims Middle School, Jonesville Middle School, and Lockhart Middle School.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.