January 7, 2013--The Arkansas School Boards Association (ASBA) is celebrating School Board Recognition Month to build awareness and understanding of the vital functions of an elected board of education. School Board Recognition Month honors members of local boards of education for their commitment to provide quality public education for Arkansas's school children. Governor Mike Beebe has lent his support by declaring the month of January as School Board Recognition Month. "Arkansans benefit every day from the dedicated energy and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 1,400 men and women across the state," said ASBA Executive Director Dr. Tony Prothro. "These public servants are elected to serve by local citizens and receive no compensation for their tireless efforts." School board members unselfishly contribute their time and talents toward the advancement of public education. They establish policies that provide the framework for our public schools. They represent their local communities and take their responsibilities seriously by attending lengthy--sometimes challenging--meetings, conferences and institutes for their professional learning and understanding of public education. They ensure decisions on school programming are made by locally elected representatives who understand the community's unique problems, values, culture and circumstances. While a special effort is made each January to show appreciation to our school board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round commitment. We salute these public servants whose dedication and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our communities possible. We applaud them for their vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow.