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The students, faculty, staff and administrators of the Carroll County School District are saluting this community’s elected education leaders during January in Kentucky’s 18th annual observation of School Board Recognition Month.
Mona Kindoll, Carolyn Jones, Mary Ann Pearson, Rob Spenneberg, and Dru Maiden are among the 872 school board members being honored across the Commonwealth this month by 174 local school districts.
“Our school board members do far more than attend one meeting a month,” Lisa James, superintendent of the Carroll County School District, said. “Board members put in lots of hours doing research and meeting with constituents as they prepare for those meetings where they make important decisions affecting the quality of life of Carroll County citizens.”
“Our district is working in a new state school assessment system that gave us some good measurements as well as some challenges when the scores came out last year,” James said. “The board members are studying those results along with other stakeholders, such as staff and parents, as we work to move every child to proficiency in learning skills. Our board members are gaining a greater understanding of the new accountability system to prepare themselves to make the decisions that will support our district-wide improvement.”
“I appreciate the recognition the board is receiving this month,” board vice chair Carolyn Jones said, “but I have tried very hard to stress to this community that we need parent involvement in our school system to have a successful future for our kids in Carroll County Schools. Ultimately, it’s all about the kids!”
The newest member of the Carroll County Board of Education, Dru Maiden, will be sworn in at the Jan. 24 meeting at Carroll County High School. Maiden will complete the unexpired term of District 1 Representative Tommy Unker. Although Maiden is serving her first term on the board, she is no stranger to the responsibilities of public service. Her father, Bob Stewart, served on the first Carroll County board of education that built the U.S. 42 Elementary, that today bears the name of then superintendent Richard B. Cartmell. Maiden’s husband Charlie Maiden is the former Carroll County sheriff and her son-in-law Jamie Kinman is the current Carroll County sheriff.
Dru Maiden said that now was a good time to offer her service on the Carroll County Board of Education as she will be retiring from her current job this year and has three grandchildren in the Carroll County School District, with a fourth entering kindergarten next year.
“I’ve worked in many areas of government: for the sheriff’s office, the jail, and the judge’s office; I even drove a bus for Head Start back in the early 90s,” said Dru Maiden. “I’ve always wanted to serve on theschool board like my father. Now I’m getting a chance to do that.”
Another new member, Rob Spenneberg, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former District 3 Representative Jennifer Beach in September then later won the seat in November. Now Spenneberg will join Dru Maiden, Kindoll, Jones and Pearson in helping to guide the district in preparing all students for college and career readiness.
“I am a life-long resident of Carroll County, and I want to invest back in the community that has given so much to me,” said Spenneberg, who has two daughters in the school district. “I work for a public utility company and know the level of work that is needed in business and industry. I want teachers to get the training they need, and for our district to be on top.”
Board members will be honored at a reception prior to the start of the Jan. 24 meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. at Carroll County High School.
“I’m proud to work side by side with this group of dedicated colleagues. The people of our community should be just as proud,” James said. “I’d like to invite everyone to thank our board members for the important work they are doing.”
Jeff Fremin is director of public relations for Carroll County Public Schools.