January is designated as National School Board Recognition Month, and it recognizes the efforts of thousands of men and women who help shape the direction of Oklahoma public education and their collective focus on student achievement.
The Meridian district is divided into five geographic areas. Meridian’s board members live in and represent their district for a five-year term. Members are tasked with ensuring Meridian continues to fulfill its mission to educate, enrich lives and secure economic futures for district residents.
The current board includes Guthrie resident Randy Kellogg, Member; Perry resident Sherri Huneycutt, Vice President; and Stillwater residents Gary Johnson, President; Lorrie Janzen, Clerk; and Dr. Joe Williams, Deputy Clerk.
“Members of the board of education help shape the direction of the school,” said Dr. Douglas Major, Meridian Technology Center Superintendent/CEO. “These individuals play an instrumental role in the development of school policies and are the final decision makers on educational issues that impact each of the school’s partner communities.”
Meridian relies on the input and knowledge the board members provide to prepare a trained workforce for not only the Meridian district but also the state. The board members have contributed to the growth and development of Meridian throughout its history.
To put board members’ tasks in perspective, they are responsible for decisions that influence nearly 800 high school and adult students in Meridian’s full-time career training programs, individuals who enroll in personal and professional development short courses and business-related training, and more than 100 staff members and 30 adjunct instructors.
The board also oversees Meridian’s Business and Industry Services division that includes customized training in computers, entrepreneurship, health care, industrial, leadership and staff development, and safety. This division partners with new and existing companies throughout the district to provide training. Last year representatives from this area worked with employees from Ditch Witch, the city of Stillwater, Autoquip, HydroFoam and the Pawnee Nation, to name a few.
“We are grateful these individuals are dedicated to their community and making Meridian a better place,” said Major. “School Board Recognition month allows us to thank them for the service they provide us as a school and to the district they represent.”