In one of his last acts as Texas governor, President-Elect George W. Bush proclaimed January 2001 as School Board Recognition Month. Districts across the state will use this opportunity to show their appreciation and bolster understanding of the crucial role elected boards of education play in their communities and schools. “Young people are the Lone Star State’s most precious resource, and their education is our most important responsibility,” Bush said. “In towns and cities throughout Texas, locally elected school board members govern and guide schools in accordance with the will of the people. They also ensure that control of and accountability for the schools stay where they belong’with the residents of that community. “Texas has more than 7,000 school board members, representing the largest group of elected officials in the state. Most school boards consist of seven locally elected trustees who serve three-year terms without pay. These dedicated men and women make policy, set budgets and work to ensure academic excellence and accountability for students, teachers and administrators,” he said. Brady Independent School District proudly joins other districts across the state in acknowledging the invaluable contributions trustees make to their communities. “Volunteer school board members serve countless hours working to improve public education,” said Brady Supt. Max Gordon. “In difficult times, school trustees develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues, which impact the entire community and the lives of individual students. “They bear responsibility in the Brady Independent School District for an annual budget of $8.3 million; 1,400 students ages 3-21; 260 employees and 4 campuses. “School trustees have a tremendous responsibility, preparing today’s students’and tomorrow’s leaders’ for productive roles in our society. School board members are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of our schoolchildren,” said Gordon. “We proudly join educators and community members in saluting these education advocates as they provide leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and school facilities. Their service ensures that decisions about local public schools are made by those most familiar with the needs of the community’s children and families,” added Gordon. “These individuals deserve recognition and thanks for their commitment and dedication to the continuing success of our students and schools.” Michael Schaffner serves as board president for BISD and was first elected in 1991. He is a self-employed certified public accountant. Jason Jacoby serves as first vice president and was elected in 1995. He is the owner of Jacoby Feed & Seed in Melvin. Second vice president is Albert Pearson. First elected in 1995 as well, Pearson is employed with Wal-Mart Pharmaceuticals as a pharmacist. Amie Lott, secretary, was first elected in 1994. She retired with Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. Head Start of Brady and is currently employed as a clerk at Best Western Inn. Tim Hyden , elected in 1999, and Victor Cruz, elected in 2000, are the two newest BISD board members. Hyden is self-employed while Cruz is employed with Kohler Co. of Brownwood.