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School board earns award of distinction

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Roane County Board of Education is being honored by the Tennessee School Boards Association for its efforts to effectively govern public schools for more than 7,200 students.

TSBA was to present its prestigious Board of Distinction Award, which recognizes outstanding performance by the entire school board, at a public board meeting to highlight the accomplishments of Roane County’s elected education leaders.

The award was scheduled to be presented by Pat Chester, Southeast District Director, at the school board meeting in September.

The Roane County Board of Education includes Sam Cox, Marjorie Earick, Rob Jago, Hugh Johnson, Darrell “Drack” Langley, Everett Massengill, Wade McCullough, Franklin Mee, Mike “Brillo” Miller and Mike Taylor.

“The Tennessee School Boards Association believes it is important to recognize individual school board member accomplishments, but it is also important to recognize outstanding performance by school boards as corporate units,” TSBA Executive Director Tammy Grissom said.

“TSBA’s Board of Distinction Program is designed to recognize those school boards that meet the highest levels of achievement in the areas of planning, policy, promotion and board development. We are extremely proud of the Roane County Board of Education for its demonstrated commitment to effectively serving today’s students and taxpayers while planning for the future.”

To qualify, boards must complete and meet specific standards in four areas of emphasis within a two-year period.

Specific requirements for the award include conducting a superintendent evaluation, developing a five-year plan, participating in a board retreat, conducting an annual review of all board policies, being represented at the TSBA Delegate Assembly, adopting the TSBA Code of Ethics and participating in a board self-evaluation.

Recipients of the award are presented with a plaque to display in their central office. Designation as a Board of Distinction is given for two years, after which the board may submit another entry for continued Board of Distinction status.

The Tennessee School Boards Association, a statewide, nonprofit organization, is a federation of all the state’s school boards. It serves as an advocate for the interests of Tennessee’s nearly 1 million public school students and 136 school districts.