Please join us in celebrating our STSD school directors who volunteer their time to serve our students, schools, and communities.
In honor of the commitment and time school board directors volunteer on behalf of our schools and communities all year long, January is designated School Director Recognition Month. The work of these public servants is vital to the success of our students and schools.
School board directors’ work is complex and diverse. From voting on budgets to adopting policy to conducting comprehensive planning, school boards make key decisions that drive public education. School directors devote, on average, 10 hours each month to board business, which has only been made more challenging by the ongoing effects of the pandemic and related issues that impact the well-being of our students and families.
Board service is unpaid, and school directors are often motivated to pursue the role out of a desire to benefit their community. The vast majority of school directors indicated their primary reason for serving is to give back, contribute to public education, or improve students' educational outcomes.
School directors are locally elected officials focused on improving the townships and boroughs in which they live. About 41% of school directors serve the district they once attended as a student, and 94% are parents of students who attend or attended the district they serve. They are our fellow neighbors, local leaders, co-workers, parents, and friends.
As citizens and parents, the success of our schools is a collective interest. This month, we recognize our school directors for their time and dedication. We appreciate these outstanding public servants, as they help ensure that STSD remains a pathway to opportunity for every student.