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January 2022: School Board Member Recognition Month

collage of current TCS school board members

January 3, 2022

(TCS) - Trussville City Schools joins all the public school systems across the state to celebrate School Board Member Recognition Month (January) and honor our Board of Education members for their commitment to our school system and our students.  

Kathy Brown (president), Steve Ward (vice-president), Mark Sims, Kim DeShazo, and Sherrye Tolbert all form the current Trussville City Board of Education. 


The key work of school boards is to raise student achievement through a variety of methods, chief among those methods is setting all policies for the school system.  Beyond that, this governing body: 

  • Creates a vision for what the community wants the school system to be and for making student achievement the top priority;
  • Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do;
  • Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the system’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;
  • Being accountable for their decisions and actions by continually tracking and reporting results;
  • Aligning the system’s resources – human and financial – around its improvement goals;
  • Creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach.

The service of school board members is almost immeasurable.  Board members form key community partnerships, stay attuned to legislative matters, and continually focus on student achievement by questioning, refining, and revising key issues.  Though January is School Board Member Appreciation Month, we salute school board members year-round for their service to public education.  See more on the Trussville City Board of Education.