January is School Board Recognition Month and an opportunity for local schools and communities to honor Oklahoma's more than 2,700 elected school board members for their dedication to children and schools.

"Providing Enid’s children with a quality education is the most important investment we can make," said Dr. Darrell Floyd, Superintendent of Enid Public Schools. "School Board Recognition Month is a time to say thank you to board members for selflessly volunteering their time and talent to our students and staff.”

School board members across the state develop policies and make tough decisions regarding complex educational and social issues that impact the entire community. EPS board members bear responsibility for an annual budget of $87 million, over 7,700 students, 1,057 employees and 18 schools.

"School board members make critical decisions that affect every aspect of student success," notes Floyd. "We thank them for their work and their dedication to Enid students.”

The men and women serving on the EPS Board, and the year they began their service, are Rev. Joe Blackwood, 2020; Matt Lohman, 2021; Randy Long, 2022; Chad Mantz, 2021; Matt Sampson, 2014; Torry Turnbow, 2014; and Vance Air Force Base honorary member Col. Paul Miller, 2021.