Attributions: 
Lana Hiskey

Governor Herbert stated, “It is my great pleasure as governor to congratulate your board for receiving the Master Boards Award for 2016. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in leading public schools in your neighborhoods and strengthening communities across the state through your efforts. As leaders in Utah, it is critical that we work together to ensure high achievement for every student.”

Research shows that highly effective boards boost student achievement.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. This means that boards articulate the educational mission of the district and garner the public support and resources needed to achieve that mission.

Superintendent Rick Nielsen said, “The Master Board Award is another great indicator of what a committed, student-centered Board of Education we have in Nebo School District. Our Nebo School Board of Education is committed to increase student learning. The board is knowledgeable of practices required to provide vision and policy direction to insure the success of students and employees of Nebo School District.”

For this purpose the Five Star Master of Boardmanship Award or MBA has been designed to help and encourage boards to become highly effective boards of education. There are five areas of achievement to become a five star board. 

The Nebo School Board completed five areas of achievement.

1.  Continuous Improvement: Continuous improvement is about paying attention to the quality of what we do to ensure student achievement.  

2. Advocacy: School Boards should be advocates for public education.

3. Community Engagement/Collaborative Relationships: Community engagement includes fostering good relationships 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.

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

5. 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.

An effective Board governs with unity of purpose, agrees on roles and responsibilities, creates a positive governance culture and operates with protocols and policies. 

Congratulations to the Nebo School Board of Education including President Kristen Betts, Vice President Shannon Acor, Rick Ainge, Randy Boothe, Christine Riley, Dean Rowley, KL Tischner as well as Superintendent Rick Nielsen and Business Administrator Tracy Olsen.

Congratulations to Mike Adams for guessing this week’s “Where are we Wednesday?” challenge sponsored by Wiggy Wash.