Dorchester District 2 School Board member Tanya Robinson was honored at the January 13th meeting with the School Board Recognition and Service Award from the South Carolina School Boards Association.
The award was given to Robinson to honor her 10 years of service on the school board. Robinson is one of twenty-four people in the state to be honored with the award.
Robinson has been elected three times to the Dorchester District 2.
She was also recently re-elected to the position of board chair.
Robinson said that the school board plays an important role in our society because they are playing a pivotal role in the education of children.
“Some people feel being elected to a school board is the bottom of the hierarchy of elected officials... but I feel it’s one of the most important positions in our nation where public schools are a given. We have a very serious stewardship for thousands of children to have the right to be educated by the best practices possible,” Robinson said.
Robinson said that a lot has changed in the ten years that she has been on the school board. The four year college plan is no longer the only option for children who graduate from school. They now can go to trade school and learn about things that they truly enjoyed.
“Technical career classes are filling up faster every school year. These students are proving to enjoy classes more, do better grade wise, and are often able to go right into a profession without heavy student loans looming over their heads,” Robinson said.
She said that times have also changed and things like school safety and cyberbullying have become major issues in public schools.
She said she is proud of the efforts that Dorchester District 2 have taken to combat these problems through educating students and the safety task force.
Robinson said that she loves all of the schools in Dorchester District 2 and always loves that the schools are working everyday on new and exciting innovations.
“I love to visit schools! We have so many amazing things going on every day! It’s a pleasure to be a part of such a vivacious school district that remains in the top 10 in our state,” Robinson explained.
This award coincides with Governor Henry McMaster naming January School Board Appreciation Month.