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Kentucky will again observe January as School Board Recognition Month and the Bell County School District is joining in the celebration.

The Bell County Board of Education is composed of chairman Kenneth Sams, vice-chairman Dean Knuckles, Eulene Brock, Brent Pursiful and Shelby Stewart.

“The voters of our community have created a special group of education leaders in this board,” said Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam. “They are true partners in the work to ensure every child in every classroom can experience high quality teaching and learning.

“When you consider how state and federal funding is shrinking, our school board has faced tremendous challenges, and it hasn’t flinched from its responsibilities,” Gilliam continued. “Our community can be very proud of this team of board members, and I’m proud to be their partner working for education excellence for our children.”

Across the Commonwealth, Kentucky’s 173 public school systems will use January to recognize the work of the state’s nearly 862 local school board members.

“The past several years have challenged school leaders – board members and superintendents alike – to support continued academic progress,” said KSBA President Durward Narramore, a member of the Jenkins Independent Board of Education. “In 2013, Education Week’s Quality Counts report ranked Kentucky in the top 10. Our school board members played a role in that kind of improvement. I’m proud to be a local school board member in this state.”

The Bell County School System will honor the service of these individuals at their regular called school board meeting on Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Board of Education office at 211 Virginia Avenue in Pineville.

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