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Wink-Loving ISD School Board Navigating to Success

The challenge involved in providing an excellent educational experience for the many, varied students in our district is a challenge that requires dedication and creativity in the best of times. The year 2020, however, was not the best of times.

The past year required an unusual combination of skills and talents from district leaders. Unexpected circumstances resulted in changes in laws and regulations, and those statewide changes required adaptability, quick problem solving, teamwork, and leadership at the district level.

Navigating through unfamiliar waters became a daily task, complicated by the differing opinions and desires of various constituents. These uncertain and sometimes treacherous circumstances created challenges for even the most seasoned among us. A steady hand on the rudder was absolutely required, and that’s exactly what our district’s board provided.

Our trustees came through when we needed them most this year, charting a course that protected our most vulnerable, while ensuring that academic progress could continue for all students. It was a daunting situation, but they navigated to success with unerring determination.

Board service is a volunteer effort, accepted by only a few in the community. It is a tough job with no salary. It is a critically important job that requires an election and then mandated training. It is a responsibility that takes time, a mature outlook, and careful decision-making. Board members are often overlooked, but their contributions cannot be overstated. They are helping to shape tomorrow.

We recognize our trustees: Brad White, Eddie Brewer, Melissa Halterman, Larry Antley, Jerome Dewberry, Raymond Dodd, and Clayton Hawkins. Take a moment to thank our board members and honor the work they are doing on behalf of our students and community.

Join me in celebrating School Board Recognition Month throughout the month of January.
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