Members of the Perry School Board were recognized for their service during the May 14 regular meeting.

Superintendent Clark Wicks took time at the beginning of the meeting to thank each of the board members for their service before handing them a certificate.

The Iowa Association of School Boards sponsors School Board Recognition Month in May. The month is meant to recognize school board members for their commitment to Iowa students.

Perry Elementary art teachers and students decorated letters spelling out ‘Thank You.’ The letters were hung up in the regular meeting room in the high school library.

School board members, Wicks said, are “locally elected, non-salaried public officials entrusted with the task of providing a direction for the education of students across Iowa.”

He went on to add that board members must possess knowledge in several key areas. Those include leadership, school improvement, school finance and advocacy with student achievement remaining the board’s main focus.

“With that, I want to thank each of you for being good stewards and people who want to serve here in Perry,” Wicks said to the members of the board.

He hoped they would continue to serve and “find the great things that Perry Community Schools has been doing in the past and will continue to do with your help.”

Look for more from the May 14 school board meeting in the May 18 Perry Chief and on the Chief’s website.