Morgan County School Board recently received honors for achieving 100 percent participation in the Utah School Boards Association’s Master Boards Award program. All five school boards members as well as Superintendent Ken Adams and Business Administrator D’Lynn Poll participated in the first level of the program, which was tracked online. The award was designed to aid board members in becoming highly effective in their positions as the face of public education in the community responsible for articulating the district’s educational mission, garnering public support, and securing needed resources. Training focuses on continuous improvement, advocacy, community engagement and collaborative relationships, accountability, and effective governance from the online program. Participants are required to complete online training in open meeting law, conduct board and superintendent evaluations, and establish or review mission statements, procedure handbooks, code of ethics or policy handbooks. Participants must also complete over a dozen electives which could include attending nation, state, region or legislative meetings; meeting with local legislators; building positive relationships with media; increasing the number of community members serving on district committees; interacting with city, county and state government leaders; visiting schools regularly; being on time and prepared for regular board meetings; and completing a school finance course; creating strategic plans. Board member Neil Carrigan is in charge of guiding the Morgan School Board through the second level of the program this upcoming year. According to the Utah School Boards Association, research shows that highly effective boards boost student achievement.
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