JANUARY IS SCHOOL DIRECTOR RECOGNITION MONTH
Did you know?
You may be ignoring
an important segment
of your school community: school directors who contribute
many volunteer public service hours to school-related duties and responsibilities. You are encouraged to congratulate, support and salute your local school
directors throughout the month of January. Such recognition can be a bright spot in an otherwise
difficult year for board members, who need to feel appreciated.
• 4,500 school directors serve Pennsylvania’s
500 public school districts; all boards have nine members.
• School director elections are held every
two years, on a 5-4 rotation
to ensure continuity.
board members are elected to four-year
• School directors are elected
locally; however, the state constitution delegates to them the
responsibility to administer the school system
of the General Assembly.
serve as volunteers, without pay.
“typical” Pennsylvania school
male, well-educated, 55-59 years of age is married with two children
attending public schools,
and voluntarily devotes 16-20 hours per month
to school board business.
of those serving
on school boards
of school directors
are homemakers, 9% are self-employed or business owners and 5% are office
number of female
school directors was 41% in 2015.
than three quarters, 75% of Pennsylvania school directors have attained a college degree
of Pennsylvania board members have more than 10 years’ experience in 2015.
of all districts involve students
at their local
board meetings. Of those districts, 97% rate their involvement with students at meetings
as satisfactory or highly
of school boards
engaged their communities by participating in cooperative
projects with business
and community organizations.
• Pennsylvania school directors continue
adequate school funding
at the top of the
list of the most important
educational concerns facing public schools.
of school directors identified public service, and desire to give back and contribute to public education
as the primary motivating factor in their decision to run for school director.