The Iowa Association of School Boards recently distributed their 2019-2020 Better Boardsmanship Awards to Education leaders from across the State. The annual awards are given to those who dedicate time and effort to learning, advocacy, leadership and service projects to expand their knowledge and skills for better governance. While the pandemic has presented countless challenges to public schools, there have been many school leaders who have risen to meet those challenges in numerous ways. Individual Achievement Awards were presented to Board members who have earned a minimum of 100 credits in one year.
Those honored include Tom Drish of Cardinal Community schools, as well as Tm Bower and Debi Plum of the Fairfield Community School district. Fairfield Superintendent Dr. Laurie Noll was one of seven superintendents and one chief administrator to be presented with the “Award Of Honor” going to those who invested time and effort to build skills and knowledge needed to be informed decision makers. The honoree must have also earned a minimum of 100 credits as an individual and had at least two board members who earned Individual Award of Achievement certificates, as Plum and Bower did so successfully. The awards, normally presented during the Annual Convention in November, were mailed to winners due to the virtual format of the event.
(Pictured Dr. Laurie Noll)