January is School Board Recognition Month and an opportunity for local schools and communities to honor Oklahoma’s more than 2,700 elected school board members for their dedication to children and schools.

“Providing our community’s children with a solid education is the most important investment we can make”, said James Ramsey, Superintendent. “We’re proud of our district, and School Board Recognition Month is the time to say thank you and celebrate the accomplishments of our elected board members.”

In Perkins-Tryon, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $9.7 million, 1,554 students, 167 employees and 4 school sites.

“School board members make critical decisions that affect Oklahoma children and oversee billions in educational expenditures,” notes Ramsey. “They preserve the core of our democracy – public education.”

The men and women serving Perkins-Tryon School and their years of service are: President, Erica Hering, 4 years; Vice-President, Alan Nietenhoefer, 8 years; Clerk, Rick Lomenick, 17 years; Member, Dustin Bledsoe, 11 years; and Member, Winfrey Kinzie 19 years.