The month of January is usually symbolized by the cold, 2-hour delays, the occasional cancellation and after the original rush of returning from Christmas break, the realization that spring is just around the corner. However, the month of January is a very important month in the school calendar because we take the time to recognize and honor the nine members that comprise the Sharpsville Board of Education. I can truly say that I have never worked with a Board that demonstrates more interest and caring in the ongoing social, athletic and artistic growth of the Sharpsville Area School District staff and students. These nine people comprise a very different cross section of the population of Sharpsville, Clark and South Pymatuning, but agree on one thing; the education of our students is the number one priority. These people meeting countless times to discuss every facet of public education and are often faced with mandates from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania but they work in collaboration with administration, staff, community and students to develop and implement an educational program that has achieved honor and recognition state wide.
In this day and age of tight budgets, increasing costs and unfunded mandates from the Commonwealth, these nine people work diligently to ensure that our students have access to a wide variety of educational programs, opportunities for field trips and growth and opportunity K-12 to engage in the arts. All of this is accomplished through tireless effort, collaboration and compromise.
I am sure if you ask each and every one of our nine Board Members about donating so much of their time for no financial return they would look at you, smile and say they receive payment in the smiling faces of our children and in the knowledge that our school district is among the best in our area.
So take time today to reflect on the work of these people and reach out and say “thank you” for a job well done.
Yours in Sharpsville Pride,
Dr. Brad Ferko
Superintendent of Schools