Reception set for School Board Recognition Month

WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- Lexington Two is joining school districts across South Carolina and the nation to celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January.

LexingtonTwo’s seven trustees are among more than 600 locally elected and appointed school board members statewide who are being recognized for their service. Lexington Two’s members include Linda Alford-Wooten, chair; Bill Bingham, vice chair; Cay Kessler, secretary; Beth Branham; Brad Giles; Cindy Kessler; and Kevin Key.

A reception to recognize Lexington Two board members will be held at 6:30 p.m. January 18 at the District Education Center, before the start of the monthly board meeting at 7 p.m.  The public is invited.

This year’s School Board Recognition Month theme, “Superheroes for Public Education,” highlights the role school boards play in championing and advocating for quality education and the ownership they take for governing their local public schools. School board members develop policies and decisions on a range of issues, from budgets to employees, facilities and more.

Lexington Two’s board initiated and has led the drive to build three new schools and upgrade all others through a $225 million bond measure approved by voters, said Superintendent Dr. William James.

Also worth noting, James said, is that Lexington Two’s trustees do their jobs without pay.

“The fact that our board is willing to give its time for no compensation is admirable,” James said. “It shows how dedicated they are to quality education in our community.”

As a part of School Board Recognition Month, Lexington Two board members will participate in an official signing of the South Carolina School Board Member Ethical Principles during its January board meeting. By signing the principles, school board members publicly vow to uphold effective governance principles and pledge to improve public education in their community.