Governor Asa Hutchinson has given his support by officially declaring the month of January as School Board Member Recognition Month saluting more than 1,500 Arkansas school board members serving the children in school districts across Arkansas. As school districts navigated the turbulent calendar year, school board members serving districts in Arkansas faced and met new challenges.
As public elected school leaders, Arkansas school board members are empowered by state law to set policy for their district, hire and evaluate the superintendent, oversee district finances, approve the budget and determine the vision and mission of the district.
In addition to their board duties, state law requires them to earn a minimum of six hours of professional development each year in areas related to their roles and responsibilities. While a special effort is made each January to show appreciation to local school board members, we acknowledge that their work and commitment lasts throughout the year.