Attributions: 
Lana Hiskey

Nebo School Board of Education received the Five Star Master Boards Award for the second consecutive year in a row.

Governor Gary Herbert stated, “It is my pleasure as Governor to congratulate you for receiving the Five Star Master Boards Award in 2013. This achievement demonstrates not only your personal commitment to excellence in educational leadership in Utah's public schools but also your dedication to our children and their future.
               
“As my administration and Utah educational leaders, like you, continue to work together, I am certain we will be successful in ensuring that every student in our state has the opportunity to succeed academically and graduate from high school. Moreover, I am confident we will be able to reach the goal of having 66 percent of Utah's adults obtain a vocational certificate or post-secondary degree by 2020. A skilled, well-educated workforce is the foundation of our state's sustained economic strength and prosperity.”

Research shows that highly effective boards boost student achievement.

The program states, “Local Boards of Education should be the ‘up front’ leaders of public education. They are charged with the responsibility of creating the conditions within their school districts that will enable students to meet more rigorous knowledge and performance standards. This means boards taking responsibility for results even as they hold others in the school district accountable as well. This means that boards articulate the educational mission of the district and garner the public support and resources needed to achieve that mission.

The following areas are how the Boards of Education are selected:

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Continuous improvement is about paying attention to the quality of what we do to
ensure student learning.

ADVOCACY
School boards should be advocates for public education.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT/COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS
School boards should foster good relations with stakeholders in the district community.
Collaboration occurs when people come together to solve problems or create new and
better ways of achieving desired results based on trust and mutual respect.

ACCOUNTABILITY
Local school boards are held accountable for student performance, fiscal responsibility and commitments made to the state and community.

FOUNDATION OF EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE
School Boards provide the leadership through governance that will create the conditions under which excellent student achievement can be attained. Boards should set the model for excellence.