by Natasha L. Adams
Superintendent and CEO
The month of January is not just the beginning of a new year but also a time when we come together to recognize and celebrate an essential group of individuals who play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our schools—our school board.
One might wonder why we place such importance on recognizing our school boards. The answer lies in understanding their role within our educational system. School board members serve as the bridge between the community and the classroom. They are the voice of the people, working diligently to ensure that the decisions made are in the best interest of students, staff, parents, and the broader community.
Their responsibilities go beyond the boardroom; they establish the policies that provide the framework for our schools to function effectively. These policies touch every aspect of education, from curriculum development to budget allocation, and they help shape the educational experience of our students. In essence, the work that they do ensures we are Launching Our Next Generation, the theme of this year’s School Board Recognition Month. Their work also helps us meet West Clermont’s vision: Together as one community, we Learn. Lead. Succeed.
This year marks a new beginning for the West Clermont Board. Board elections take place every two years, and we are excited to welcome two new members: Tammy Spencer and Tina Sanborn. Both were sworn in by Treasurer Dan Romano at our organizational meeting on Jan. 4. Additionally, Ryan Patton was elected president and Jim Rudy was elected vice president for 2024. These appointments set the stage for a year of progress, leadership, and educational excellence in our district.
I hope you’ll take a moment this month—and throughout the year—to recognize and thank our Board of Education. To our Board, thank you for your service.