January is School Board Recognition Month. Pioneer Technology Center (PTC) recognized their board members at the January PTC Board of Education meeting this week. Each were given a custom cutting board made by students in the Construction Technology Program. The boards were upcycled from pallet wood donated to the school. The Pioneer Tech logo was etched in the right-hand corner on equipment ran by Mechatronics Program students.
Serving as a link between the community and tech center, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for the schools they serve. The Pioneer Tech Board of Education meets monthly on the second Tuesday.
“Our school board members are volunteers who shoulder critical responsibilities and often make crucial decisions for our district. Their goal is continuously focused on the future success of the students and industry in our district,” said Traci Thorpe, Superintendent/CEO of Pioneer Tech. “Their support for PTC and our district helps today’s students prepare to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow.” Board members serving at Pioneer Tech include JD Soulek, Blackwell; Gay Norris, Ponca City; Orva Rothgeb, Tonkawa; Debbie Leaming, Newkirk; and Laurence Beliel, Ponca City.
For more information about Pioneer Technology Center’s programs and services, call 580-762-8336 or visit their website www.pioneertech.edu.
Caption: Pictured left to right JD Soulek, Gay Norris, Laurence Beliel, Debbie Leaming, and Traci Thorpe. Not pictured but also honored during the meeting, Orva Rothgeb.