Army Lt. Col. Timothy N. Page with the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion recently sent a letter thanking board members for all that they do in recognition of School Board Recognition month, which was in January.

In the letter, he personally thanks every school board member for their significant contributions to the lives of the nearly 1.4 million public schools students across the state.

“The accountability, guidance, and mentorship you provide OUR schools over the last 110 years continue to set the conditions for students’ future success,” he wrote. “During his tenure as the Chief of Staff of the Army, General (Retired) Ray Odierno reminded us often that ‘The strength of our nation is our Army. The strength of our Army is our Soldiers. And the strength of our Soldiers is our Families.’ I like to extrapolate that a bit further to add that the strength of our Families are our communities, and the strength of our communities are our schools.”

Read his full letter here.

The NJSBA initiated the state’s first School Board Recognition Month in 2002 to honor the dedicated local school board members and boards of trustees who oversee the education of the state’s nearly 1.3 million public school students.

NJSBA has posted a copy of the governor’s most recent proclamation here.