Public education is a critical institution for preparing students to be responsible global citizens and contributors to the community. Public school Trustees, as locally elected stewards of public education, should be recognized at public events for the important public office they hold and the role they play in developing tomorrow's citizens. Recognition of public school Trustees at public events not only raises the profile of public education but also emphasizes its importance to the community at large.
Protocol for recognizing public officials varies from situation to situation, depending on the people involved and the specific event. As elected public officials, Trustees should be introduced at events when they are present. School board staff and organizers of community functions shall be made aware of the proper protocols.