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School board, member earn recognition from TSBA

Renee Jones Rogers, of the Tennessee School Boards Association, presented a Board of Distinction Award to the Washington County Board of Education during its Oct. 6 meeting.
The school board is being honored by the TSBA for its efforts to effectively govern public schools for more than 9,000 students. The award recognizes outstanding performance by the entire board.
Made up of nine members, the Washington County Board of Education includes William Brinkley, Keith Ervin, Todd Ganger, David Hammond, Jack Leonard, Clarence Mabe, Phillip McLain, Mary Lo Silvers, and Chad Williams.
“The Tennessee School Boards Association believes it is important to recognize individual school board member accomplishments, but it is also important to recognize outstanding performance by school boards as corporate units,” TSBA Executive Director Tammy Grissom said.
“TSBA’s Board of Distinction Program is designed to recognize those school boards that meet the highest levels of achievement in the areas of planning, policy, promotion and board development.
“We are extremely proud of the Washington County Board of Education for its demonstrated commitment to effectively serving today’s students and taxpayers while planning for the future.”
To qualify, boards must meet specific standards in the four areas of emphasis within a two-year period. Specific requirements for the award include conducting a superintendent evaluation, developing a five-year plan, participating in a board retreat, conducting an annual review of all board policies, being represented at the TSBA Delegate Assembly, adopting the TSBA Code of Ethics and participating in a board self-evaluation.
Recipients of the award are presented with a plaque to display in their central office. Designation as a Board of Distinction is given for two years, after which the board may submit another entry for continued Board of Distinction status.
The Tennessee School Boards Association, a statewide, nonprofit organization, is a federation of all the state’s local school boards. It serves as an advocate for the interests of Tennessee’s nearly one million public school students and 136 school districts.
The TSBA held its Northeast Fall District Meeting at Daniel Boone High School on Sept. 19.
David Hammond, of Washington County, was one of several Northeast District school board members who earned TSBA Boardsmanship Awards in 2011.
The awards are presented to individual board members who have achieved one of five levels of boardsmanship standards over the past year. The program is designed to recognized school board members for participation in board activities beyond the local level thrugh a commitment to training, willingness to participate in workshops and a volunteer spirit.