School Bd award

Associated School Boards of South Dakota Director of Policy and Legal Services, Gerry Kaufman, fourth from left, presents members of the Hot Springs School Board with a Gold Level Award for their high achievement in regards to a ASBSD training program known as A.L.L. Board members pictured from left, include: Brandi Christensen, Kim Henningsen, Scott Thompson, (Kaufman), Dustin Kleinsasser and Mark Walton.

PIERRE – Members of the Hot Springs School Board was presented an award at its Oct. 9 board meeting after earning statewide recognition for their dedicated participation in activities, board development and training and demonstrated leadership at various areas and levels.

The local board earned a Gold Level award for their participation in the Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s (ASBSD) board recognition program: A.L.L., which stands for Act, Learn, Lead and honors the work of school boards striving to enhance their knowledge base of board work.

Gerry Kaufman, director of Policy and Legal Services for the ASBSD, was presented a plaque to the board at the meeting and said the Hot Springs School Board had scored eighth most of all the state’s 149 districts.

By participating in ASBSD activities, training opportunities and demonstrating leadership at the local, state and national level, school boards accumulated points throughout the 2016-17 school year to achieve an award level.

“The Hot Springs School Board is committed to their students, parents, staff and community and we’re pleased to honor and recognize their hard work and dedication,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.

In the inaugural year of the program, nearly one-third of the total number of public school boards in South Dakota earned an ALL award through the variety of training, development and leadership opportunities.

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“There’s a very apparent pledge by the Hot Springs School Board and school boards across the state to enhance public education in South Dakota,” Pogany said.

ASBSD is a private, non-profit association representing more than 850 South Dakota school board members, the 149 school districts they govern and the students they serve.

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