Governor Declares February School Board Appreciation Month

February is School Board Appreciation Month
Posted on 02/01/2017
Sign for SB Appreciation month

Shenandoah County School Board Recognized for Service  

and Student Focused Leadership

Shenandoah County Public Schools will join 133 other school divisions throughout the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Month in February. Almost 850 elected and appointed school board members throughout Virginia will be recognized by schools and communities for their service and dedication to public education. The theme of this year’s celebration, “Turning Vision into Results,” reflects the top priority of local school board members as they advocate for public education with local, state, and federal leaders.

“The foundation of school leadership is ensuring equal learning opportunities for all students,” said Dr. Johnston, Superintendent of Schools.  “ We’re proud of our division, and School Board Appreciation Month is the time to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our elected trustees.” In Shenandoah County, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $68 million, 6,084 students, 1000 full and part-time employees, and 13 buildings. “School board members statewide make decisions that affect 1.3 million Virginia children and more than $3 billion,” notes Dr. Johnston.  “They preserve the core of our democracy—public education.”


Members of the Shenandoah County School Board

Karen Whetzel
    Karen Whetzel, Chairman
District 1
Member since January 2010

Rick Koontz
Rick Koontz, Vice-Chairman
District 2
Member since January 2004 
  Cynthia Walsh
Cynthia Walsh
District 3
Member since January 2016
Katheryn "Katie" Freakley
Katheryn "Katie" Freakley
District 4
Member since January 2014 


Irving "Skeeter" Getz
Irving "Skeeter" Getz
District 5
Member since January 2010

Sonya Williams-Giersch
Sonya Williams-Giersch
District 6
Member since January 2008

School Board members will be recognized at their regular meeting on February 9, 2017.

GOv's Declares Feb SB Appreciation Month