February is School Board Appreciation Month

February is School Board Appreciation Month
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Shenandoah County School Board Recognized for Service

Student Focused Leadership

Shenandoah County Public Schools will join 132 other school divisions throughout the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Month in February.  Almost 850 elected and appointed school board members throughout Virginia will be recognized by schools and communities for their service and dedication to public education. The theme of this year’s celebration, “Turning Vision into Results,” reflects the top priority of local school board members as they advocate for public education with local, state, and federal leaders.

The men and women serving on the Shenandoah County School Board are pictured below.

 Karen Whetzel
 Karen Whetzel
 District 1
 Member since 2010
 Retired Educator
Rick Koontz 
Rick Koontz
District 2
Member since 2004
Holtzman Oil Corporation
Cindy Walsh 
Cynthia Walsh
District 3
Member since 2016
Executive Director,
Shenandoah Education Foundation


Katie Freakley
Katheryn Freakley
District 4
Member since 2014
Business and Human Resource Manager, Regulus Group 
Skeeter Getz
Irving "Skeeter" Getz
District 5
Member since 2010
Retired School Bus
Garage Foreman 
Sonya WIlliams-Giersch 
Sonya Williams-Giersch
District 6
Member since 2004
Lutheran Pastor


In Shenandoah County,  School Board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $59.8 million dollars, 6131 students, 984 employees, and 13  buildings.

“The Shenandoah County School Board has demonstrated its commitment to supporting public education in our community.  I applaud them for the work that they do to support our students and employees in an effort to provide our community’s children with learning opportunities that will prepare them for success in an ever-changing global environment.  We’re proud of our division, and School Board Appreciation Month is the time to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our elected Board members.”