A look back at Kentucky at the 2014 National School Boards Association annual conference in New Orleans

Congratulations to all of the Kentuckians who put the Bluegrass State on stage and in the limelight during this month’s NSBA national conference in New Orleans. The event drew more than 6,000 school board members, administrators, state association staff and education advocates for four days of training that included more than 200 seminars on K-12 issues, programs and services.

The Kentucky contingent of more than 150 school leaders was the fourth largest from any state.

Special notes of appreciation go to:

      · Boone County board member Ed Massey completed his six years on the NSBA Board of Directors as his term as immediate past president concluded. Massey has traveled to dozens of states during his tenure as an advocate for NSBA as well as Kentucky school boards.

      · Carroll County and Taylor County Schools were recognized at the conference as ranking among the Top 10 among small districts in the annual Digital School District Survey.

      · Teams from the Boone County, Eminence Independent, Erlanger-Elsmere Independent and Taylor County school districts gave presentations on successful local programs, including teacher hiring, student technology use, crafting a student support plan, performance-based learning and improving productivity and quality.

      · Members of the KSBA Board of Directors took part in the national association’s Delegate Assembly adoption of a three-pronged advocacy agenda opposing unlawful expansion of federal executive authority on local schools; privatization of education alternatives not approved by local school boards; and support for high academic standards, including common core standards, that are voluntarily adopted by states with local input and free of federal directives. Kentucky delegates were KSBA President Durward Narramore Jr. of Jenkins Independent, President Elect Allen Kennedy of Hancock County, Director-at-Large Ramona Malone of Newport Independent and Interim Executive Director David Baird.

   · More than 200 conference attendees and guests visited the KSBA table during the NSBA Central Region joint reception. Visitors met with KSBA staff, including Executive Director-designee Mike Armstrong and his wife, Toni.

·    KSBA also thanks these partners for helping underwrite expenses related to the Central Region reception: Ross, Sinclaire & Associates LLC, Roeding Insurance, PSST Seamless Data Solutions and Harshaw Trane.

For a look at NSBA’s School Board News Today coverage of the 2014 conference, click here http://schoolboardnews.nsba.org/

hoto above: Taylor County Board of Education Chairman Tony Davis answers a question from the audience during a clinic by board members and Superintendent Roger Cook on several unique academic programs that have been created in the district.

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