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January is School Board Appreciation Month


“We benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by our Board of Education members,” said Bertie County Schools Superintendent Dr. Otis L. Smallwood.


“These special people unselfishly contribute their time and talents toward improving the educational experience for our precious students.”


This month, in particular, we recognize and acknowledge that their contributions reflect a year-round commitment on each of their parts.


For a second year, the Bertie County school district selected and sworn in during the month of December, two students to serve as Junior School Board Member and Alternate Junior School Board Member. Respectively, they are: Haley Overton, from Bertie Early College High School; and Demonte Tillery, of Bertie High School.


Through the Junior Board Member program, we give our most important customers a voice and work together to address the needs of our students.


The citizens who were elected and who are currently serving Bertie County Schools are: Tarsha Dudley, Chair (with almost nine years of Board experience); Norman Cherry, Vice-Chair (now serving his second full term on the board); Christine Dudley (now serving her second term); Rickey Freeman (a former board member, now serving, with 13 total years of prior Board experience); and Bobby Occena (with almost nine years of Board experience).


Throughout the month of January, leaders at every school have selected a special day to invite the Board Members into their facility for special recognitions and acts of appreciation.


***Stay tuned in to social media, as we aim to bring highlights to you from these celebrations…