The Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) hosted the South Central Fall District meeting on September 27 at Giles County High School in Pulaski. Lewis County School Board members Phyllis Townsend, Glenda Atkinson, Nancy McDonald, Derek Cotham, Johnny Clayton, Ritchie Brewer, Lindsey Himes and Director Benny Pace were in attendance.
“TSBA’s Fall District meetings give our staff the opportunity to connect directly with school board members at nine convenient locations around the state. This helps us hear their concerns and provide them with relevant information and the support necessary to make the best decisions for the children in their communities during the 2018-19 school year,” said TSBA Executive Director Dr. Tammy Grissom.
Members of local boards of education and superintendents from the region participated in a survey where they expressed their positions on issues for the upcoming General Assembly; reviewed the role and responsibilities of the Board and Superintendent; discussed the role of the Board in school safety; reviewed the benefits of participating in the “TSBA OPEB Trust,” and shared new, innovative programs/services that they have implemented in their local districts.
Each year TSBA honors one school volunteer from each of its nine districts who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating exceptional commitment to volunteerism in a local school district. The district winner has exhibited exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in their service to a school. One of those nine volunteers will win the statewide School Volunteer Recognition Award to be presented at the TSBA Annual Convention in November, which will include a $1,000 grant to the school of their choice. The 2018 South Central District Volunteer Recognition Award winners are Mark and Theresa Catron of Bedford County. This husband and wife team has been an amazing part of the Liberty School family for many years. They serve as the President and Treasurer of the PTO and are the epitome of “Patriot Pride.”They have served as officers in the PATS Booster Club, led the concession stands for various sporting events, and organized the Junior Pro Basketball league. Mark and Theresa serve as volunteers for other schools and have always been eager in helping students and teachers wherever needed.
Several South Central District school board members earned TSBA Boardsmanship Awards in 2018. The awards are presented to individual board members who have achieved one of five levels of boardsmanship standards over the past year. The program is designed to recognize school board members for participation in board activities beyond the local level through a commitment to training, willingness to participate in workshops and a volunteer spirit. The Boardsmanship Award honors not only the quantity, but also the quality of participation. Levels I-IV are given at Fall District Meetings, while Level V Boardsmanship is awarded at the association’s annual convention in November. Lewis County board members who were honored for their achievements this year were Marti Lomax, Level 3, and Nancy McDonald, Level 4.