6/27/2013 3:00:00 PM School Board earns award
from School Board Association
The Switzerland County School Board has earned the “Outstanding School Board” award from the Indiana School Board Association. The award is based on school board members attendance and participation in association meetings and seminars during 2012. A plaque was presented to the school board for the honor, and was shared with the public during last Monday night’s meeting of the school board. Shown here following the meeting are school board members, from left: Bill Roberts, Nancy Peters, and Wayne Daugherty.
The Indiana School Board Association has awarded the Switzerland County School Board with an award for excellence because of the board member's attendance at meetings and seminars.
The association offers school board members from around the state the opportunity to attend a wide variety of meetings and seminars that keep them educated and updated on issues facing school boards and changes in the legislature that impact how schools operate.
Meetings are held quarterly that are open to members, and as individual members attend those and other special topic seminars, "points" are accumulated.
For example, a seminar held just this past Friday allowed board members to learn about new statutes and what's happening with budgets.
At a recent quarterly meeting of the Indiana School Board Association that was held in Seymour, Indiana, the Switzerland County School Board earned the "Outstanding School Board" level based on the number of board members who attended training in 2012.
It was announced at the meeting that this was the first time the Switzerland County School Board had attained the high level.
Members of the Switzerland County School Board who helped earn the honor included: Jim Phipps, Wayne Daugherty, Bill Roberts, Andy Truitt, Vern Waltz, Nancy Peters, and Tonya Moore.
Along with honoring entire boards, the Indiana School Board Association also honors individual school board members who take their time to attend training programs.
Current School Board President Nancy Peters and School Corporation attorney Ron Hocker were in attendance at the meeting, but had no idea that the award was coming.
"This is an award that our school board won under the tremendous leadership of Jim Phipps, who served as our board president last year," Nancy Peters said. "There are different levels that individual board members can attain based on their attendance, and Jim maxed out his points over the years. He and other members of the board attended a lot of meetings and seminars so we could gain as much information as possible on making our schools even better."
One of the biggest helps that the meetings give school boards is updates on what is going on not only in the Indiana legislature, but also educational trends at the national level. Members hear from association members and others on what is happening with lawmakers that will impact schools; allowing the boards to prepare for changes in philosophy and implementation.
The plaque from the Indiana School Board Association was officially presented at last Monday night's school board meeting.
Switzerland County School Superintendent told the audience about the award and the dedication that it took from board members to earn the level.
"Switzerland County earned this award, and I think that's quite an honor," Nancy Peters said. "It took a lot of people and a lot of their time to earn this."