53 school boards to receive President's Award at Aug. 16-Sept. 13 Fall District Meetings | News
MONTGOMERY, AL – (August 2012) – Fifty-three school boards from across the state will receive the seventh annual AASB President’s Award at the Alabama Association of School Boards district meetings Aug. 16-Sept. 13 in nine geographical regions.
“The AASB President’s Award is presented to boards that have had at least 60 percent of their members attend three or more School Board Member Academy courses in the 2011-12 academy year,” said AASB President Steve Foster. The academy year ended June 30.
“This award inspires school boards to take seriously their roles as education leaders, community representatives and advocates of student achievement,” Foster said. “AASB has always striven to provide school boards meaningful training and educational opportunities to strengthen their leadership and boardsmanship skills. To benefit from that training, boards must exhibit a level of commitment to learning all they can about education issues and effective governance.”
District meetings are held within a reasonable driving distance and provide school board members with one hour of low-cost, educational programming. This fall’s topic, Angry Birds: Actions That Will Guarantee Legal Headaches, answers common legal questions about board operations, open meetings, ethics, personnel decisions, concussions in student athletes and prevention of gender discrimination. The task of presenting the session to all nine districts will be shared by three members of the Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys. AASB President-elect Katy Smith Campbell is a member of the Macon County Board of Education and founder of Katy Smith Campbell and Associates law firm. Alicia Bennett is a partner in the firm of Boardman Carr Hutcheson and Bennett, and Taylor Brooks is an attorney with Lanier Ford Shaver.
The District 5 meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. In all other districts, the meeting begins with networking at 6 p.m., and dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 45-minute program. School board members earn 1 credit hour in the AASB School Board Member Academy for the session.
Listed below are the 2011-2012 winners of the AASB President’s Award.
- School boards in Brewton and Saraland and in Clarke, Escambia, Mobile and Monroe counties will receive their awards at the District 1 meeting Aug. 21 at the Stagecoach Café in Stockton. This is the last meeting for which Stephanie Walker of Brewton will serve as District 1 director. Walker has reached the limit of two, two-year terms. District director elections will be in October. District 1 also includes school boards in Chickasaw, Satsuma and Thomasville; in Baldwin, Conecuh and Washington counties; and the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science board.
- The school board in Demopolis and boards in Butler, Lowndes, Perry and Wilcox counties will receive their awards at the District 2 meeting Aug. 16 at the Historical Selma Hotel in Selma. Donald Nichols of Perry County serves as director of District 2, which also includes school boards in Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Choctaw, Dallas and Marengo counties and in Linden and Selma.
- Enterprise, Eufaula, Geneva, Ozark, Troy and Henry County school boards will receive their awards at the District 3 meeting Aug. 20 at Colby’s Country Cooking Restaurant in Ozark. Roxie Kitchens of Troy wraps up her second term as director of District 3. A successor for the district will be elected in October. The district also includes school boards in Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Houston and Pike counties and in the cities of Andalusia, Daleville, Dothan, Elba and Opp.
- School boards in Auburn and Phenix City and in Bullock, Elmore, Macon and Montgomery counties will receive their awards at the District 4 meeting Aug. 23 at the Auburn Hotel in Auburn. Charlotte Meadows of Montgomery County, who didn’t seek re-election to her board, will lead her last district meeting as director. The AASB Board of Directors will appoint a successor to complete Meadows’ term that ends Dec. 7, 2013. District 4 includes school boards in Alexander City, Lanett, Opelika, Roanoke and Tallassee; in Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Randolph, Russell and Tallapoosa counties; and the Alabama Department of Youth Services board.
- School boards in Bessemer, Birmingham, Fairfield, Hoover, Midfield and Shelby County will receive their awards at the District 5 meeting Aug. 27 at Spain Park High School in Hoover. Kim Benos of Vestavia Hills, who comes off her local board, will conduct her last district meeting as director. District 5 includes school boards in Alabaster, Birmingham, Homewood, Irondale, Leeds, Midfield, Mountain Brook, Tarrant, Trussville and Vestavia Hills; in Shelby and Jefferson counties; and the Alabama School of Fine Arts board.
- The Talladega school board and boards in Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah and Talladega counties will receive their awards at the District 6 meeting Sept. 13 at the Classic on Noble in Anniston. Larry Stewart, who comes off the Calhoun County school board, will lead his last fall meeting as District 6 director. The AASB board will appoint a successor to complete Larry’s term that ends Dec. 7, 2013. The district also includes school boards in Anniston, Fort Payne, Gadsden, Jacksonville, Oxford, Pell City, Piedmont, St. Clair and Sylacauga; in Attalla and DeKalb counties; and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind board.
- School boards in Tuscaloosa and Winfield and in Greene, Hale, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties will receive their awards at the District 7 meeting Aug. 30 at Hotel Capstone in Tuscaloosa. Belinda McRae of Marion County serves as director of District 7, which also includes the Jasper school board and school boards in Fayette, Lamar, Marion and Walker counties.
- School boards in Athens, Cullman, Florence, Hartselle, Muscle Shoals, Russellville, Colbert County and Lauderdale County will receive their awards at the District 8 meeting Sept. 4 at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Decatur. Jim Fisher of Florence serves as director of District 8, which also includes school boards in Decatur, Haleyville, Sheffield and Tuscumbia and in Cullman, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone, Morgan and Winston counties.
- School boards in Madison, Huntsville and Jackson County will receive their awards at the District 9 meeting Sept. 10 at Lee High School in Huntsville. Dr. Jennie Robinson is the director of District 9, which includes school boards in Albertville, Arab, Boaz, Guntersville, Oneonta and Scottsboro and in Madison, Blount and Marshall counties. Robinson is up for re-election as the District 9 director.
For details, call Public Relations Director Denise Berkhalter at 334/277-9700 or 334/462-1639, cell.
Information Source: AASB
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