Harlan Co. Board members recognized for professional development achievements


By Jeff Phillips - Harlan County Schools



Courtesy of Harlan County Schools Harlan County Board of Education member Brenda Henson receives her award from the Kentucky School Boards Association Academy of Studies from Harlan County School Superintendent Mike Howard.


Board of Education Member Wallace Napier receives his award from the Kentucky School Boards Association Academy of Studies. Harlan County Schools Superintendent Mike Howard presents the award.


Going beyond what is required by Kentucky law, two members of the Harlan County Board of Education earned advanced certification for professional development focused on improving the district’s schools

Brenda Henson has achieved Level V Certification in the Kentucky School Boards Association Academy of Studies.

Wallace Napier has achieved Level IV in the academy.

Academy of Studies is designed to work within Kentucky statutes that mandate more hours in a board member’s early years of service, then fewer hours the longer he or she serves. Courses in the lower Academy of Studies levels include the basics on the board’s role, school finance, superintendent evaluations and facilities planning. As a board member advances in the certification process, the courses become less general and more specific to issues such as evaluating the board’s own effectiveness, doing advanced budget planning, becoming better advocates for children and grasping their board’s responsibilities in school and student assessment and accountability.

“Reaching each level within the Academy takes time and commitment. It takes real effort,” said KSBA President Allen Kennedy, a 10-year member of the Hancock County Board of Education.

“As a group, school board members who make it to a new level of accreditation in the Academy of Studies haven’t just put in more time; they’ve made a pledge to the students, their fellow board members, and their communities to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to live up to the high expectations of their position. They want to excel,” Kennedy said. “No law requires this kind of effort. This comes from a desire to be a local leader who goes above and beyond for their children and their communities.”

Harlan County Schools Superintendent Mike Howard complimented Henson and Napier for their efforts, as well as all members of the board who take numerous trainings annually to meet professional development requirements.

“I want to thank them and all of our board members who go to the trainings and meet their mandates,” said Howard. “Being a board of education member is time consuming. We have a good working board of education. Our students are winners because our board members take their positions seriously.”

Howard said in addition to attending the trainings and monthly meetings, board members are often called on by many in the community for various reasons all in the interest of providing students a quality education in a clean, safe environment.

Established in 1936, KSBA is Kentucky’s largest voluntary association of local elected officials.

Courtesy of Harlan County Schools Harlan County Board of Education member Brenda Henson receives her award from the Kentucky School Boards Association Academy of Studies from Harlan County School Superintendent Mike Howard.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Brenda-Henson.jpgCourtesy of Harlan County Schools Harlan County Board of Education member Brenda Henson receives her award from the Kentucky School Boards Association Academy of Studies from Harlan County School Superintendent Mike Howard.

Board of Education Member Wallace Napier receives his award from the Kentucky School Boards Association Academy of Studies. Harlan County Schools Superintendent Mike Howard presents the award.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Wallace-Napier.jpgBoard of Education Member Wallace Napier receives his award from the Kentucky School Boards Association Academy of Studies. Harlan County Schools Superintendent Mike Howard presents the award.

By Jeff Phillips

Harlan County Schools

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