As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing school personnel, providing buildings and equipment, operating a transportation system and disbursing school funds. As community leaders, school board members serve as advocates for the children in local public schools and must study, evaluate and decide what actions are in the best interest of those students.
During the March 14 meeting, each of the Valdosta Board of Education members were given small tokens of appreciation from the schools and many of the departments within the school system. In addition, S.L. Mason Elementary produced a video with students and staff saying thanks. The video was presented during the recognition portion of the meeting.