Nebo district re­ceives Master Boards Award

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Lana Hiskey

The Nebo School District Board of Ed­u­ca­tion was re­cently pre­sented with a Master Boards Award, the third year in a row the board has re­ceived the award.

Gov­er­nor Her­bert said, “It is my great plea­sure as gov­er­nor to con­grat­u­late your board for re­ceiv­ing the Master Boards Award for 2014. This pres­ti­gious award rec­og­nizes ex­cel­lence in lead­ing pub­lic schools in your neigh­bor­hoods and strength­en­ing com­mu­ni­ties across the state through your ef­forts. As lead­ers in Utah, it is crit­i­cal that we work to­gether to en­sure high achieve­ment for ev­ery stu­dent.”

Re­search shows that highly ef­fec­tive boards boost stu­dent achieve­ment.

Boards of ed­u­ca­tion should be the “up front” lead­ers of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion. They are charged with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of cre­at­ing the con­di­tions within their school dis­tricts that will en­able stu­dents to meet more rig­or­ous knowl­edge and per­for­mance stan­dards. This means boards tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for re­sults even as they hold oth­ers in the school district ac­count­able. This means that boards ar­tic­u­late the ed­u­ca­tional mis­sion of the district and gar­ner the pub­lic sup­port and re­sources needed to achieve that mis­sion.

For this pur­pose the Five Star Master of Board­man­ship Award or MBA has been de­signed to help and en­cour­age boards to be­come highly ef­fec­tive boards of ed­u­ca­tion. There are five ar­eas of achieve­ment to be­come a five star board. The Nebo School Board com­pleted these five ar­eas of achieve­ment:

1. Con­tin­u­ous Im­prove­ment: Con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment is about pay­ing at­ten­tion to the qual­ity of what boards do to en­sure stu­dent achieve­ment.

2. Ad­vo­cacy: School boards should be ad­vo­cates for pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion.

3. Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment/Col­lab­o­ra­tive Re­la­tion­ships: Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment in­cludes fos­ter­ing good re­la­tion­ships with stake­hold­ers in the district com­mu­nity. Col­lab­o­ra­tion oc­curs when peo­ple come to­gether to solve prob­lems or cre­ate new and bet­ter ways of achiev­ing de­sired re­sults based on trust and mu­tual re­spect.

4. Ac­count­abil­ity: Lo­cal school boards are held ac­count­able for stu­dent per­for­mance, fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­mit­ments made to the state and com­mu­nity.

5. Foun­da­tion of Ef­fec­tive Gov­er­nance: School boards pro­vide the lead­er­ship through gov­er­nance that will cre­ate the con­di­tions under which ex­cel­lent stu­dent achieve­ment can be at­tained. Boards should set the model for ex­cel­lence.

An ef­fec­tive board gov­erns with unity of pur­pose, agrees on roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, cre­ates a pos­i­tive gov­er­nance cul­ture and op­er­ates with pro­to­cols and poli­cies.

Pic­tures by ACE re­porter Jef­fer­son Avila

The Art City El­e­men­tary School Orches­tra per­formed its Christ­mas con­cert on Dec. 10, 2014.

Nebo School District Su­per­in­ten­dent Rick Nielsen ac­cepts the Master Boards Award for 2014.

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