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School Board Leaders Recognized in January

Ridgerunner Nation thankful for hard work, dedication

Dedicated to public education, school board members across the state are committed to providing every opportunity possible to students in their community. January is School Board Recognition Month, providing local schools and communities the chance to honor Oklahoma’s more than 2,700 elected school board members for their dedication and service.

Grove school district has five school board members: Dr. James Rutter, Karen Dyer, Darrin Hill, Sheila Stogsdill, and Jerry Crossley.

“Our school board members not only share their time but their vision and voice to shape the direction of public education in Oklahoma,” Superintendent Pat Dodson said. “We are proud of our school board members and the dedication they have to make our district the best it can be. School Board Recognition Month is the time to say thank you and celebrate the accomplishments of our elected board members.”

In Grove, school board members develop policies and must make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear the responsibility of managing an annual budget of $19 million dollars for more than 2,500 students, 350 employees, and 5 buildings.

“During School Board Recognition Month, we hope you will join us as we take the opportunity to acknowledge our local board of education,” Dodson said. “At the January Board meeting, we will recognize Dr. James Rutter, Karen Dyer, Darrin Hill, Sheila Stogsdill, and Jerry Crossley for their dedication to the Grove school district.”