Thursday was a night for members of the Windsor Locks Public Schools community to thank and recognize board of education members.
Superintendent of Schools Wayne Sweeney said it is a special time of year when the National School Board Association and local school communities recognize the work and efforts of school boards. Sweeney said unlike school boards in other parts of the country,the members of the Windsor Locks Board of Education aren’t paid for their work.
“They put in countless hours volunteering,” Sweeney said.
The board was thanked at the beginning of its meeting by various members of the community, including First Selectman Steven N. Wawruck Jr., who read a proclamation recognizing the members.
Jeanne Russo, president of the Windsor Locks Teachers Association, was also among those who thanked the board. Russo said the board focuses on improving the schools for students.
“I really want to tell you how much I appreciate the board in Windsor Locks,” Russo said.
Representatives from the PTOs of the districts four schools thanked the board and gave the members tokens of appreciation.
“I say it routinely, these people are volunteers,” Karen Giannelli, president of South School PTO, said. “There’s so much research and time that comes with your job. For all of that I’m extremely grateful.”
Board Member Andy Kulas said he was very appreciative of the recognition from the school community.
“If I’d known we were going to get these many gifts I would have jumped from the board of finance sooner,” Kulas said. “All kidding aside, thank you very much.”