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Letter to the Editor: Recognizing school board members

In honor of school boards’ commitment to our students, schools and communities, January is once again designated School Director Recognition Month.

Pennsylvania public schools educate nearly 2 million students, including the 2,509 students in Lehighton Area School District. The nine members of our local school board are a vital part of the district’s administrative team, making informed decisions that lead our public school and provide opportunities for every student to succeed.

To thank these public servants, the Lehighton Area School District honored our directors at the Jan. 23 public school board meeting. School directors, who are unpaid, devote an average of 10 hours each month to the challenging and complex responsibilities of board business, including voting on budgets, adopting policy and conducting comprehensive planning. Their role has only been made more challenging by the ongoing effects of the pandemic and related issues that impact the well-being of our students and families.

Janine Partenio

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

Board Recording Secretary