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Three School Districts Earn 2017 CUBE Annual Awards for Urban School Board Excellence

Alexandria, Va. (Sept. 29, 2017) -- The school boards of Pennsylvania’s Pittsburgh Public Schools, Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools, and Texas’ Lancaster Independent School District have been named recipients of the 2017 CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence.

Awarded by the National School Board Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE), the CUBE Award recognizes school boards that exhibit excellence in school board governance, academic improvement, educational equity, and community engagement.

Council of Urban Boards of Education Honors Two School Leaders for Advancing Urban Education

Alexandria, Va. (Sept. 29, 2017)—Two dedicated urban educators have been awarded the 2017 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).

Vince Ford, a former school board member for South Carolina’s Richland County School District One, and Steve Gallon, a board member for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, will be honored September 29 at CUBE’s 50th Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The John F. Kennedy Center Awards Lexington, South Carolina School Board for Its Support of High-Quality Arts Education


Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2017) - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced today the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees in Lexington, South Carolina, has received the 29th annual Kennecy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award.  The award, which includes a $10,00 prize, was presented on Saturday, March 25, at the NSBA's Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.  Read the entire press release here.

COSA honors longtime Denver school attorney for service

The National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Semple on Friday at the second day of the COSA’s School Law Seminar in Denver.

Denver is Semple’s home – he’s a founding partner of Semple, Farrington & Everall, P.C. He has represented school districts in Colorado for nearly 40 years. He served on the COSA Board of Directors from 1992-2003, chairing the Board in 2000.

Three School Districts Earn Top Honors in 2017 Magna Awards

Alexandria, Va. (March 17, 2017) – Upper St. Clair School District, in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania; Piscataway Township Schools, in Piscataway, New Jersey; and Vancouver Public Schools, in Vancouver, Washington have been named the grand prize winners in the 23rd annual Magna Awards program.  

Sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) flagship magazine, American School Board Journal (ASBJ), the Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities. The Magna Awards are supported by Sodexo, a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations.

“Creativity and innovation are needed to help students realize their full potential,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director and CEO. “The Magna Award-winning districts are prime examples of how public schools all over the country are working to give students a high-quality education and life.”

Tacoma Public Schools winner of NSBA 2016 Urban School Board Excellence Award

The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Award for Urban School Board Excellence was created in 2004 to recognize the leadership of urban school districts where effective school board governance has an impact on student achievement, and this year’s winner has more than demonstrated its leadership in reshaping the academic program and the success of its students.

Former Metropolitan Nashville Board Member Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award

Alexandria, Va. (Sept 30, 2016) - Cheryl D. Mayes, former Metropolitan Nashville School Board member and devoted advocate for public education, was awarded the 2016 Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony on Sept. 30, during CUBE’s 49th Annual Conference in Miami, Florida.

Former Metropolitan Nashville board member winner of Lifetime Achievement Award

Cheryl D. Mayes, former Metropolitan Nashville School Board member and devoted advocate for public education, was awarded the 2016 Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony on Sept. 30, during CUBE’s 49th Annual Conference in Miami, Florida.

Tacoma Public Schools Winner of NSBA 2016 Urban School Board Excellence Award

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 1, 2016) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, Washington, winner of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) 2016 Award for Urban School Board Excellence.

Much has changed since 2007 when all five of Tacoma’s comprehensive high schools were labeled ‘dropout factories.’ In just the last five years the district’s graduation rate climbed 27.3 percentage points, and enrollment in post-secondary education programs and college completion rates are climbing.

Minnesota School Boards Association recognized for future thinking strategy

- Pictured from left: Kathy Green, MSBA President-elect; Kirk Schneidawind, MSBA’s Executive Director; Miranda Beard, NSBA President; Kevin Donovan, MSBA president; John Tuttle, NSBA Immediate past-President; Kevin Ciak, NSBA President-elect; and Frank Pugh, NSBA Secretary-Treasurer

This past weekend NSBA presented its first annual Innovation Award to the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA). Kevin Donovan, president of MSBA accepted the award on behalf of the association at NSBA’s Summer Leadership Seminar, Aug. 13, in Chicago.

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