Burke Board of Education receives leadership award

Burke Board of Education receives leadership award
Posted on 11/15/2018

by Cheryl Shuffler

The Burke County Board of Education received the School Board Leadership Award at the 
2018 North Carolina School Board Association Annual Conference Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C. This honor is presented to an entire school board that demonstrates extraordinary leadership during the school year.


On receiving the School Board Leadership Award, Burke County Board of Education Chair Randy Burns said, “It is an honor for the Burke County Board of Education to be recognized for this award. We take seriously our duty to provide every student in Burke County Public Schools with a sound basic education and make policies to ensure that. It is a pleasure to serve the students of Burke County Public Schools and to do so with such a great group of fellow board members.”


To be considered for the award, a school board must show that it fosters an environment in which students can develop and flourish; achieves system goals; fosters parental involvement; collaborates with social agencies and/or community groups, including other governing bodies; creates a school community that fosters quality performance and innovation; and works well with administrative staff and as a board. Eligibility requirements for the award include board member compliance with training requirements, completion of ethics training and having representation at school board association events.


Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said the Burke County Board of Education’s biggest accomplishment over the past school year was constructing and opening the new Mountain View Elementary School, which took working closely with the City of Morganton and Burke County Board of Commissioners to accomplish. Other notable accomplishments include the board’s support of internship and apprenticeship programs; local business and industry tours; the Work in Burke partnership; and a great relationship with Western Piedmont Community College.


Putnam said, “The Board of Education continues to be a leader and a listener in this county and seeks to do what is right for this community. Successful students are at the center of the Burke County Public Schools District Strategic Plan 2017-2022: A Roadmap for Our Schools & Community, which the board adopted two years ago and uses as the guiding force behind each decision it makes. The board is devoted to ensuring equitable learning opportunities for students through the integration of flexible learning spaces, technology, inquiry-based problem learning, non-traditional learning and workforce readiness and therefore is very deserving of this recognition from the state school board association.”  

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