Gov. Rick Perry proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month to build awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education plays in the communities.

The Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco school district is joining with other districts throughout the state to thank board members for caring about the future of every child enrolled in  public schools.

“Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation to our school board members, we recognize their work reflects a year-round commitment,” Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco superintendent Dr. Grace Everett said.

Texans have about 7,000 men and woman who dedicate countless hours across the state, officials said. These public servants are elected to serve by the local residents in which they reside. The board members receive no compensation.

“School board members are extraordinary people who voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing school districts,” Everett said. “Their support helps educators offer a good education that will affect students for their rest of their lives.”

Board members represent a continuing commitment to good decision-making in education, Everett said. 

The Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco board members consist of president Higinio Garcia, who has served for 10 years; vice-president Daniel Bueno, who has served 17 years; secretary M. Wicho Gonzalez, having served three years; and board members, Noe Cadena with 14 years of service; Gracy S. Garcia with nine years; Oscar O. Garcia with 12 years of service; and Rolando Ramirez with eight years on the board.