The Starkville School District Board of Trustees said goodbye Tuesday night to 20-year member Bill Weeks.
Weeks joined the board in 1991 as a way to play an active role in Starkville education as he was raising three boys in the SSD.
“I just want to give back to the community,” Weeks said. “At the time, I was in business for myself... and paying taxes, and I wanted a say in how they were spent.”
During his time on the board, Weeks saw the four superintendents preside over the district, and two were present at the reception Tuesday night honoring Weeks.
Dr. Larry Box spoke at the reception about the impact Weeks has made on the school district.
“During my 12 years as superintendent, I was blessed to have a truly outstanding board. It was a joy to serve with those individuals,” Box said. “ Bill was a person you could count on to be very stable. He understands the schools are about education, and he was a big supported of all the aspects of the schools. I appreciate what he did and what he stood for.”
Current Supt. Judy Couey had equally kind words for Weeks.
“I’m blessed to have worked with him,” Couey said. “He has experience and wisdom, and more than that, he has an ear to listen.”
The current board and administration presented Weeks with a wooden wall clock as a token of their appreciation for his service to the district.
In Weeks’ 20 years on the board, he saw the implementation of two separate bond issues, which he calls his proudest achievement as a board member.
“We had a lot of individuals that worked very hard to promote the bond issues,” Weeks said. “I look back at it as a reflection on the board and how well they communicated with the community. I was excited to get it done.”
He also recalls fond memories of the of the 2000 football team under Coach Bill Lee who won the state championship and “him waving that white towel around was remarkable,” Weeks added.
But with the ups comes the downs, and Weeks explained that his least favorite duties as board member was dealing with student disciplinary issues.
“That’s the hardest job a school board member has,” Weeks said of the discipline hearings.
Those who have worked with Weeks often talk of his fairness and sense of duty to the children.
“I’ve been on the board three years, and it was really valuable to have someone who has been there and done that,” current board member Dr. Keith Coble said. “I’ve never once questioned that [Bill] had the best interest of the kids in mind, and I really appreciate that.”
“To me, Bill Weeks has been the type of board member that exudes leadership that really has the best community interest and someone who is easy to work with,” Assistant Supt. Dr. Walter Gonsoulin said. “It’s been a pleasure working with him.”