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Master Board Distinction for Palm Beach County School Board leadership

Friends of distinction, that’s what Palm Beach County School District leadership team (school board) has become as they join the ranks of only twenty four (24) school districts in Florida to currently hold this prestigious award which was announced by the Florida School Boards Association at their Annual Summer Conference, held June 11 – 13, 2014 in Tampa.

Quality of governance affects the total outcomes, results and achievement of each school district.

According to the FSBA website, award recipients around the state are: Baker County, Palm Beach County, Calhoun County, Pinellas County, Charlotte County, Putnam County, Collier County, St. Johns County, Escambia County, St. Lucie County, Glades County Sumter County, Hardee County, Suwannee County, Levy County, Taylor County, Manatee County, Union County, Martin County, Washington County and Osceola County. Extra kudos to the Treasure Coast counties of Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie school districts.

The Master Board Program is a voluntary program which provides opportunities for the leadership team (defined as the superintendent and the school board) to engage in training that enhances its capacity to provide visionary leadership for the school district. The Master Board Program concentrates on the leadership team’s governance roles for enhancing student achievement, fostering connections and empowering collaboration between schools and the community, and creating a learning organization to advance excellence in public education.

The leadership team completed twenty-two (22) hours of learning activities in a statewide forum and onsite trainings to earn this distinction. Members of the leadership team (school board) who completed the program are: Chuck Shaw, Chairman; Frank A. Barbieri, Jr., Esq., Vice Chairman; Debra Robinson, M.D.; Marcia Andrews; Karen M. Brill; Jennifer Prior Brown, Esq.; Mike Murgio; and E. Wayne Gent, Superintendent.

Mission and Beliefs:

The Florida School Boards Association, Inc. (FSBA) is a nonprofit corporation representing all school board members in Florida. FSBA has been the collective voice for Florida school districts since 1930 and is closely allied with other educational and community agencies to work toward improvement of education in Florida.

The MISSION of the Florida School Boards Association is to increase student achievement through the development of effective school board leadership and advocacy for public education. Members of the Florida School Boards Association share common BELIEFS concerning educational theory and practice.

Master Board (MB) Program Overview: The Master Board Program, governance team training for the school board and superintendent, is designed to strengthen the leadership team’s ability to work effectively, efficiently, and collectively as a governance body while maintaining a focus on student achievement and factors contributing to the success of schools. Opportunities are provided for the team to discuss and improve or enhance those important interpersonal issues which are essential to team functioning.

In conclusion, quality of governance affects the total outcomes, results and achievement of each school district. School districts should be unique to the people and the people’s need that (to be effective) the school board leadership must represent. This is a clear example of what comes down determines what will be raised up. Election of proper school board members is essential to the overall success of each school district.

REF: PBCSD (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, June 2014

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