Area school board members advance in AASB Academy

WINSTON COUNTY - Local school board members from northern Alabama were among the honorees recognized at the Alabama Association of School Boards’ annual awards luncheon held Dec. 6 at the Hyatt-Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel. The luncheon was held as part of AASB’s Annual Convention, which drew more than 500 school board members from across the state to Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 5-7.

In all, 32 local school board members – and 318 school board members statewide – were recognized for advancing in the AASB School Board Member Academy, a school for school board members. The education leaders were honored for their commitment to ongoing training to build their boardmanship skills, increase their understanding of key education issues and strengthen their leadership skills. 

Local school board members who were honored are as follows:

Level I (requires 25 training hours):

Kacey Johnston - Franklin County Board of Education

Level II (requires 50 training hours):

Mark Finley - Winston County Board of Education

Level III (requires 75 training hours):

Donna Jones - Haleyville City Board of Education

Lamar Frith - Winston County Board of Education

Randy Lee - Winston County Board of Education

“We are honoring our members for their pursuit of boardmanship excellence, which is evident in their continuous participation in AASB’s School Board Member Academy,” said AASB President Gwen Harris-Brooks. “When local school boards practice effective governance, schools thrive.”

AASB has nine geographic districts. District 8 includes the county school boards of Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Morgan, Tuscumbia and Winston counties and the city school boards of Athens, Cullman, Decatur, Florence, Haleyville, Hartselle, Muscle Shoals, Russellville and Sheffield.

The awards luncheon was a highlight of AASB’s Dec. 5-7 convention, themed “Unleash the Champion Within.” The event opened Dec. 5, with the association’s annual delegate assembly and featured several inspiring general sessions and information-packed breakout sessions on Dec. 6 -7, designed to help participants strengthen their boardmanship and leadership skills. Keynote speakers included Brad Cohen, a nationally known motivational speaker, teacher, school administrator and author who has overcome Tourette syndrome and Ramona Smith, 2018 World Toastmasters champion.


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