January 16, 2014
January is school board recognition month in Kentucky. The Harrison County School District wishes to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to our dedicated school board members. These individuals work tirelessly for the students of Harrison County, and we appreciate all they do for Harrison County Schools!
Our thanks go out to:
GARY DEARBORN ~ MARY JUNE BRUNKER ~
KRISTY CAREY ~ GARY LIZER ~ ED TAYLOR
HARRISON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION GOALS
- Create a safe and orderly climate where students and teachers can learn
- Focus on and make decisions that best serve our students and community
- Continual progress toward our objectives through appropriate plans and actions
- Lead by exemplary teamwork and positive relationships
- Prepare for (i.e. seek answers in advance) and contribute to our discussion, deliberations, and oversight responsibilities
- Seek and share understanding
- Agree to disagree agreeably
- Address potential conflict efficiently and effectively
- Delegate implementation
- Recognize achievement
- Recognize and strive to meet the needs of Harrison County Schools’ diversified population
- Respectfully remind each other of these commitments as appropriate
“School board members are the dedicated few who you elected, or appointed, to represent your community’s values and thinking about public education in your community. The bottom line for these individuals is keeping alive the dream of public education for every child and making sure students achieve and succeed!”
– National School Board Association
DID YOU KNOW?
The National School Board Association initiated National School Board Recognition Month in 1995 when its Delegate Assembly adopted a resolution for school board recognition month. States followed suit by dedicating a time of the year to recognize the contributions of local board members.
NSBA knows that school boards are — and should be recognized as — a proud heritage of our country. School boards are democracy in action!
Quick History on School Boards
In 1721, local government authorities in Boston delegated part of their control over schools to lay citizens. Why? In a nutshell, the town selectmen were burdened with the details of education as defined by the Massachusetts Laws of 1642 (establishing the right of the government to demand universal and literacy) and the Old Deluder Law of 1647 (establishing compulsory schools for the young).
In 1826 Massachusetts took the final step in the evolution of a district school board by ordering each town in the state to elect a separate school committee to have “the general charge and superintendence of all the public schools” of the town. This law marks the final transfer of educational functions from the selectmen to the new body, created specifically for administering public education in the towns.
Eight Characteristics of an Effective School Board
1. Effective school boards commit to a vision of high expectations for student achievement and quality instruction and define clear goals toward that vision.
2. Effective school boards have strong shared beliefs and values about what is possible for students and their ability to learn, and of the system and its ability to teach all children at high levels.
3. Effective school boards are accountability driven, spending less time on operational issues and more time focused on policies to improve student achievement.
4. Effective school boards have a collaborative relationship with staff and the community and establish a strong communications structure to inform and engage both internal and external stakeholders in setting and achieving district goals.
5. Effective boards are data savvy; they embrace and monitor data, even when the information is negative, and use it to drive continuous improvement.
6. Effective school boards align and sustain resources, such as professional development, to meet district goals.
7. Effective school boards lead as a united team with the superintendent, each from their respective roles, with strong collaboration and mutual trust.
8. Effective school boards take part in team development and training, sometimes with their superintendents, to build shared knowledge, values and commitments for their improvement efforts