Board members Sonya Powell and Mary Brown were honored for additional work outside of meetings for the Sampson County Board of Education.
Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy presented Powell, vice chair-chairman, and Brown for earning training credits of 30 or more hours through the North Carolina School Boards Association Academy for School Boardsmanship. Created in 1985, the academy provides way for board members throughout the state to develop skills and knowledge to manage and lead school systems.
“One of the major goals of the North Carolina School Board Association is to provide growth opportunities for school board members across the state,” Bracy said.
According general statutes, board members are required to complete 12 hours, every two years. Honors are distributed based on total cumulative hours, ranging from 30 and more than 901. Powell received the Award of Excellence (301 to 400 hours) and Brown earned the Diploma of Honor (501 to 600).They both earned credits between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.
“It’s helped me to learn and understand the process of being a school board member,” Powell said. “They give various workshops, assemblies and meetings about different topics.”
Some of topics include hiring employees, terminations, legislative matters and how to deal with media officials.
“They’re constantly covering different topics,” Powell said. “So when you go, you’re always learning how to be a better board member.”
The board members participate in conferences dealing with laws to receive a better understanding of how it effects school districts. It’s one of many things board members from Sampson County and other districts engage in. Powell added that the training helps with lobbying efforts and to deal with other concerns.
“That’s what makes us a better board member,” Powell said. “When we attend these things, we can come back and be of service to Sampson County, so the county will be aware of anything that’s going on in the state and throughout the nation, as far as school board are concerned.”
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