DCSD board member recognized for state training
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Maureen Thomas, vice chairwoman of the Darlington County Board of Education, earned recognition by the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) for achievement in the association’s 2016–17 Boardmanship Institute.
SCSBA Boardmanship Institute, established in 1982, offers a year-round training curriculum to help board members develop skills and stay abreast of state and national education issues. Workshops focus on school law, advocacy and legislation, improving board operations, leadership for improving student achievement, and other timely topics.
Board members can achieve up to six levels of recognition by earning points that are accrued annually from July through June for participation in statewide conferences and training provided onsite in their district.
Thomas reached Level Two by earning 40 points within one year. Level Two recipients receive a certificate and a silver pen.
Statewide, SCSBA recognized 147 school board members for reaching one of the six levels for the 2016–17 year with certificates of achievement and a lapel pin designated their level of accomplishment in the institute.
Each year, about 80 percent of board members statewide attend at least one training session.
SCSBA is the statewide professional organization serving as a source of information, training and advocacy for the state’s 81 school district boards, county boards and state special schools.