Meramec Valley R-III School District administrators are joining national and state education supporters in recognizing the elected individuals who guide the activities of local districts, according to Superintendent Randy George.

January is the National School Boards Association’s school board member recognition month.

In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1 as local school board recognition week.

Speaking at the Dec. 18 school board meeting, George said, the district’s achievements are accomplished at the behest and with the support of the elected school board.

He said Meramec Valley administrators and teachers join districts across the state in recognizing their local school board.

Current school board members are Tim Richardson, president, Ed Groom, vice president, Mary Clasby Agee, Paul Marquardt, Mike Wells, Mike Butler and Chris Arnette. Members were presented with certificates of appreciation.

“Missourians benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 3,600 men and women from communities across the state,” George said. “These public servants are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their tireless efforts. They are local school board members.”

Under guidance of the local school board, the superintendent said the district has taken the lead in school safety and security, uses of technology in classrooms and district administration, nutrition and health with its partnership with Chartwells Dining and continuing programs to improve student achievement through its curriculum and teacher development programs.

“Each year the district is driven to improve and our board members play a vital role in providing support and the allowance of new ideas,” he said.

George said his comments were made on behalf of students, parents, employees and patrons of the district.

“We thank you for your loyalty,” George told the assembled school board members. “Your commitment does not go unnoticed.”

Board members were presented with certificates of appreciation.

The purpose of the special days and weeks of recognition is to celebrate the men and women who volunteer to serve their schools and communities, George said.