By Kim Walter
Roy Boyles, chairman of the Warren County School Board, was named president of the Virginia School Board Association during its annual convention held last week in Williamsburg.
Boyles has served Warren County Public schools for 12 years, and is no stranger to the VSBA. In 2010, he became a member of the board of directors and has also served as a regional chairman, chairman of the finance and audit committee, and a member of the executive committee.
When he took office on Friday, Boyles was accompanied by his fellow school board members at the convention. He thanked them for their continuous support.
"I introduced all of them and thanked them for the needed support for this job that I've got ahead of me," he said Tuesday.
Boyles will attend a number of conferences and meetings as president, including a national conference in San Diego.
"Virginia is held in high esteem in the National School Board Association," he said. "It's very exciting to be able to represent our state and county at the national level as we promote excellence in public education."
As president, Boyles said he plans to implement a new initiative called the Business Honor Roll Program. Through it, he said he hopes to recognize groups, businesses and organizations that support schools and students through offering leadership training and skills.
"Especially in Warren County, without the participation and support of local groups, we would have had to discontinue some classes and other special opportunities for our students," he said. "With the way the economy is, we'll need that continued support, and hopefully this program will be a way to let them know we appreciate all they do."
Boyles said working in the education field came naturally to him, as he's spent his adult life participating in a number of local charities and boards, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, United Way and the hospital's board of trustees.
"To who much is given, much is expected," he said. "That's what my father always told me. I don't think there's a much greater impact someone can make than by supporting the youth of their community through their education."
Contact staff writer Kim Walter at 540-465-5137 ext. 191, or firstname.lastname@example.org