ANSONIA — The Ansonia Local Schools will join more than 700 school districts throughout Ohio to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month, Superintendent Jim Atchley announced.
“Our school board members are citizen-servants who shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices for our district, all with minimal pay,” Atchley said. “Their focus is always on the future success of the children in our district. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.”
Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. The Ansonia Local School Board is responsible for an annual budget of $8 million, 800 students,and 100 employees.
Board members serving Ansonia Local Schools and their years of service are: Ron Barga II, board president, serving since January 2016, Clarence Kammer, vice president serving since January 1998, Daryl Riffle serving from January 1990 to 2005 and since January 2020, Rhonda Williams serving since January 2006, and Joey Schmitmeyer serving since January 2016.
“It’s more important than ever that communities support public education so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow,” Atchley concluded. “Please take a moment and tell school board members ‘thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community.’ Let them know we support them and that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated.”