Burns elected to state School Board Association

Burns elected to state School Board Association
Posted on 11/16/2018

by Cheryl Shuffler

Burke County Board of Education Chair Randy Burns was elected to the North Carolina School Board Association Board of Directors on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, 
during the Delegate Assembly at the NCSBA Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C. Now a part of the governing body of the NCSBA, Burns is one of the 33-member Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors plans and is responsible for the annual delegate assembly and other meetings of the association. The board has general charge and control of the affairs of the Association and may act in all matters for the association between sessions of the Delegate Assembly.


Burns said, “I am excited about my new role on the School Board Association Board of Directors. I look forward to representing Burke County on this board and working with the other delegates from around the state on issues related to public education and fulfilling the NCSBA’s mission to provide advocacy, leadership, and services that enable school boards to govern at the highest level and its vision to be the essential resource for school leaders as they work to provide a quality education for all students. I would also like to thank my fellow Burke Board of Education members, for it is with the collective effort of each member that I am allowed this opportunity.”


Burns has served as a Burke County Board of Education member since November 2011 and has been chair of the board since 2013. He has garnered a reputation as a peacemaker and worked to improve the school board’s relationship with other governing bodies, including the Burke County Board of Commissioners.


Burns’ tenure on the board has focused on workforce development. Burns served on the school board’s Workforce Development Subcommittee, and together the board has supported engaging new programs for students, including a construction rodeo, cosmetology, firefighting, mechatronics, industrial sewing, agriculture programs, the STEAM Academy, Project Lead The Way, engineering camps, 3D printers; Manufacturing Day, job fairs, tours of local industries, and student internships/ apprenticeships.


Burns and fellow board members seek to open networking channels between the school system and local business, industry, economic development, community college, chamber of commerce and government leaders with a goal to better equip Burke County Public Schools students with workforce and college ready skills.


The Burke County Board of Education has made improving technology and infrastructure, child nutrition and school safety priorities in recent years. In 2014, the Center for American Progress took note of Burke County Public Schools, acknowledging the district’s high student achievement coupled with low district per-pupil spending and ranking it as one of the most productive in the state. Also, Niche.com this year ranked Burke County Public Schools No. 14 on its list of best school districts in the state.


As a community leader, Burns and fellow board members have advocated for the Western NC School of Science and Math, which will be built in Morganton.


Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “With his visionary capacity, expertise and energy, Mr. Burns will be a great addition to the NCSBA Board of Directors. He and fellow Burke County school board members have a passion for ensuring all Burke County Public Schools students receive an education that prepares them for a bright future. With Mr. Burns’ background in manufacturing and position as engineering technologist at the NC Center for Engineering Technologies, he brings an industrial perspective to the business of educating students. He has extraordinary leadership and diplomatic skills, which have been a major factor in the mutual respect fellow board members have for each other and the board’s improved relationship with community leaders.”

Photo: Randy Burns. Photo credit: John S. Payne. 

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