Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 19

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thank a school board member

To the editor:

Bedford County Schools will join with other school districts in saluting our local education leaders during Tennessee's annual School Board Appreciation Week from January 22-28, 2017.

The week is designed to recognize the contributions made by all school board members, including the Bedford County Board of Education. School boards are given the tremendous responsibility of ensuring the education of Tennessee's youth.

School board members are elected by their communities to manage the local schools. They oversee multi-million dollar budgets which fund education programs. Their personnel decisions affect teachers, administrators and support workers.

These volunteer leaders are responsible for formulating school district policy, approving the curriculum, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education laws. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.

Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education. We salute the public servants of the Bedford County Board of Education whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of schools in our community possible: David Brown, First District; Brian Crews, Second District; Amy Martin, Third District; Diane Neeley, Fourth District; Michael Cook, Fifth District; Dr. Andrea Anderson, Sixth District; Chad Graham, Seventh District; John Boutwell, Eighth District; Glenn Forsee, Ninth District.

Please join us by saying thank you to our school board members during Tennessee's School Board Appreciation Week.

Don Embry

Superintendent of Schools

Davis' words were inspiring

To the editor:

Please thank Bill Davis for putting into words about his brain damage! I also had a car wreck years ago and because I looked fine, everyone expected me to go back to being the person I was.

Even after the doctors explained about the short term memory problem, my family could not accept it. Forty years later I got out all the doctor reports and looked up all the places that were damaged. I found out what each part in my brain did and what it would not do after the wreak. I sent each of my family a copy of what I found and now they FINALLY believe me. I do not learn things easily so I had to take a job that is repetitous and that I can remember from my past. No one knew much about brain damage 40 years ago (they have come a long way). Thanks to Mr Davis again and let him know I felt like I had a comrade, as I read his story!

Donna Kane


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