1013 Take Note

1013 Take Note

Take Note

Take Note
Second time around
Oldham County school board member Larry Dodson has been appointed by KSBA President Durward Narramore to fill a vacancy on the KSBA Board of Directors. Dodson will serve as an at-large director until an election is held at the association’s annual business meeting.

Dodson, a safety director for Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities, has been a member of the Oldham County board since 2006. He has won awards for training, service and safety from the Kentucky and American gas associations. Dodson is a graduate of Jefferson County Schools. His community activities include North Oldham Little League and the American Red Cross.
Retirement representation
Former Jefferson County school board member Joe Hardesty will represent KSBA on the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Directors. Hardesty, an attorney, was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to a term expiring July 1, 2017. The County Employees Retirement System, which covers school district classified employees, is part of the KRS.

Program Review primer
Program reviews are the focus of the latest training module in the KSBA Unbridled Learning series on Kentucky’s new accountability and assessment system. The training for board/superintendent teams encompasses the process, rubrics, evidence and classifications of program reviews for schools and districts. Board members will get the information they need to develop talking points to educate their community on this aspect of the accountability system. The session runs 75 minutes.

For more information about this new module or other modules in the Unbridled Learning series, contact Jean Crowley at KSBA, 800-372-2962 or jean.crowley@ksba.org.
Last call, almost
Nominations will be accepted for just a few more weeks for the Warren Proudfoot Award for outstanding school board member, the F.L. Dupree Award for outstanding superintendent, KSBA Friend of Education Award and Kids First Advocacy Award. The deadline for each of those awards is Nov. 1. All honors except Kids First will be presented at the association’s annual conference Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Louisville.

For guidelines, forms and other information on those first three awards, go to www.ksba.org and pull down the Member Support/Communications tab at the top, then click on “Annual Conference Education Awards.” Another option is to contact Brad Hughes bhughes@ksba.org or Mary Davis mary.davis@ksba.org at 1-800-372-2962. For Kids First, go to KSBA’s website and click on the Governmental Relations tab at the top.

The application deadline also is approaching for the third annual KSBA First Degree Scholarship, a $2,500 award that will go to one male and one female student who would be the first in their immediate family to attend an institution of higher education.

Nominations must be submitted by the student’s local school board along with a form signed by the school’s guidance counselor and school board chairman. Scholarships will be awarded via a drawing conducted by the KSBA Board of Directors, which created the scholarship. For eligibility information and forms, go to www.ksba.org and click on “About” at the top of the page, then scroll down the left side of the next page to find the First Degree Scholarship link.

Well done
A community reception was held Aug. 20 for a retiring Kentucky and national school board leader. Margie Bradford, a member of the Bardstown Independent school board for nearly 34 years, stepped down from her seat, saying she wants to refocus her life and priorities. Bradford served as KSBA president from 1993-1995 and was elected in 1996 to a three-year term on the board of the National School Boards Association, representing the Central Region.

At the packed reception, Bradford was presented with a framed newspaper article about her service and a collage of photographs commemorating her time in office.  In addition to the current board and administration, others attending the event were former Superintendent Bob Smotherman and Charles Brauch, another Bardstown board member who was a KSBA president.

Bradford, who has a longtime interest in student health issues, also served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools and received KSBA’s Kids First Award for advocacy in 2005.

PHOTO: Margie Bradford examines a collage she was presented with, commemorating her time as a member of the Bardstown Independent Board of Education.
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