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School Board Recognition MonthResources for board members to receive recognition

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to salute the more than 5,000 California school district and county office of education board members — the largest group of elected officials in the state — that aid in supporting student success by establishing their local educational agency’s mission, vision, policy priorities, budget and benchmarks.

Trustees provide a critical accountability link between schools and the community and offer a level of accessibility to voters that is unrivaled by other public officeholders. CSBA encourages LEAs, community organizations, mayors and other local officials to designate January as a time to recognize their hard-working board members and educate the public about the important role that school boards play in schools and communities.

This January, CSBA is reaching out to local educational agency communications professionals to make it easier than ever to recognize the hard work and dedication of your board of education by providing sample press release to get the word out to local reporters, a sample proclamation for city officials and a social media toolkit to show appreciation for the LEA’s board of education.

Through initiatives like this, School Boards in Action, What’s Your Why? video series, board member profiles and more, CSBA recognizes and celebrates the crucial work of boards of education in supporting the conditions for student success.

What's Your Why? video series School Board Recognition Month spotlight

This series of video vignettes that features school district and county office of education board members describing why they became trustees and why they continue to serve California's public schools.

Ruthi Hanchett

Fullerton SD


Ligia Andrade Zúñiga

San Mateo Union HSD

Neil Layton

San Carlos ESD


Melissa Krogh

Warner USD