By Kristin Bednarski
Batavia Local School District Superintendent Jill Grubb congratulated board members on earning a Gold Level Effective School Board Award from the Ohio School Boards Association Southwest Region during their meeting March 18.
“Thank you for all of the time and effort you put into the district,” Grubb said during the meeting.
According to the Ohio School Boards Association Southwest Region, the executive committee developed the award to recognize school boards that are doing outstanding work in the region, which includes 17 districts.
To receive the award, school boards must fulfill different criteria and submit an application and documentation of work they have done.
“There were 26 indicators,” Mark Ewing, school board member, said. “From public relations to involvement at the state and regional level.”
To earn the Gold Award, the board had to complete at least 23 of the 26 criteria. School boards that complete at least 19 of the 26 criteria receive the Silver Award, and school boards that complete at least 17 of the 26 criteria receive the Bronze Award.
Criteria for the award included having a vision of high expectations, defining and monitoring goals, establishing a collaborative relationship with staff and the community, having strong internal and external communication, participating in professional development, communicating with legislators, and more.
A number of the different criteria required written documentation, and all board members took part in filling out the application.
Board members received a plaque for achieving the Gold Award for the 2012 school year. The district also won the Gold award for the 2009 and 2011 school years, and won the Silver Award for the 2010 school year.
For more information about the award visit www.ohioschoolboards.org/sw-region.