2017 American Education Week Proclamation Signed in Marshall County

Front row from left: Moundsville Mayor Gene Saunders, McMechen Councilman David Goddard, WV House of Delegate Mike Ferro, Benwood Mayor Ed Kuca, MCBOE President Thomas Gilbert and Cameron Mayor Betty Scott. Back row from left: Marshall County AFT Representative Josh Gary, Marshall County AFT Representative Amy Kent, Marshall County Education Association Representative Matt Mandarino, JM Principal Cassie Porter, MCBOE Member John Miller, WV House of Delegate Joe Canestraro, Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Cecil, Marshall County Commissioner John Gruzinskas, Marshall County Commissioner Scott Varner, Marshall County Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Crook, MCBOE Member Dr. Duane Miller and Marshall County Schools Assistant Superintendent Corey Murphy.

On Wednesday members of the Marshall County Commission as well as the mayors of the cities of Marshall County, members of the Legislature along with the Sheriff and local business leaders gathered to sign the proclamation declaring November 13-17, 2017 as American Education Week in Marshall County.

The theme this year is Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.  Also attending the signing were members of the Marshall County Board of Education, administrators of Marshall County schools, administrators from John Marshall High School and representatives of the West Virginia Education Association and American Federation of Teachers.

American Education Week spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.

A short luncheon, prepared by the JM ProStart students, and a brief tour of the John Marshall High School facilities followed the signing.

The text of the proclamation signed follows:

Whereas, public education is the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation’s precious values of freedom, civility and equality; and

Whereas, by equipping young Americans with both practical skill and  broader intellectual abilities, schools give them hope for, and access to a productive future; and

Whereas, public education employees, be they educators, substitute educators, higher education faculty and staff, custodians, teachers, bus drivers, clerical workers, food service workers, security guards, technical employees, or librarians, work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism; and

Whereas, public schools are the foundations of neighborhoods and communities, bringing together adults, and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders and elected officials in a common purpose,

Therefore, be it further resolved, that we proclaim November 13-17, 2017 as the 96th annual observance of American Education Week.  Proclaimed this 8th day of November 2017.