Gov. Rick Perry has proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities.

The Banquete Independent School District is joining with other districts throughout the state to thank school board members for their "tireless" work for children enrolled in public schools.

"Texans benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 7,000 men and women across the state," Banquete ISD superintendent Jim Rumage said. "These public servants are elected to serve by local citizens and receive no compensation for their tireless efforts.

"School board members are extraordinary people who voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing school districts."

Rumage said though the month is designated as a time to honor board members, their achievements should be remembered all year.

"Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation to our school board members, we recognize their work reflects a year-round commitment," Rumage said. "Every day trustees demonstrate strength and dedication as they focus on excellence for their district programs, their teachers, and most importantly their students.

"They unselfishly contribute their time and talents toward the advancement of public schools, and represent a continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision making in education."

School board trustees for the Banquete ISD are Larry Wright, Tracy Wright, Aaron Ramon, Marty Lopez, Omar Ramirez, Mike Wessels and Lilly Nash.