Lockwood School Board of trustees were awarded the School Board of the Year award this morning at the MSEL kickoff in Billings. The two day conference for school administrators was held at the Holiday Inn convention center with the school representatives across the state attending.
The Lockwood school board trustees were also awarded the 26th year Golden Gavel award as well. The Golden Gavel is awarded and recognizes school boards where all the board trustees have attained the required training hours each and Lockwood is leading the state with the most consecutive awards with 26 years in a row.
Stay tuned for full coverage and details in next Week’s Yellowstone County News as the newspaper has already gone to press this week.
Article that was published in the Yellowstone County News on 10/23/15 issue.
LOCKWOOD — The Lockwood School Board has been named the School Board of the Year.
And board members also won the Golden Gavel for the 26th year in row.
The honors were announced last week by Powell County High School Principal Rick Duncan, president of the School Administrators of Montana.
Two school boards receive this honor each year.
Sue Vinton is chairwoman of the Lockwood School Board. Katherine Luhman is vice chairwoman. Trustees are Joe Borgstrom , Scott Kiekover, Vicki Krause, Don Reed and Tim Sather.
Superintendent Tobin Novasio recommended the Lockwood School Board.
“I strongly believe that our trustees have done an outstanding job in each of the three criteria areas that this award addresses,” Novasio wrote in his letter to the School Administrators of Montana.
The criteria areas are board policy, infrastructure for learning and teaching and innovative educational programs. Novasio pointed to the board’s review and revision of all board policies and handbooks over the past year during several months of working with the Montana School board association as a proactive approach to school board policies.
He also cited the board’s work on building improvements, including some that focus on student safety, and equipping all school buses with seat belts.
“It truly is in Innovative and Education Programs area where Lockwood’s trustees shine,” Novasio wrote, citing the district’s addition of intervention specialists in the elementary and middle schools and the district’s pre-kindergarten program “that targets our most at-risk students before they are even old enough to attend public school.”
The district also brought back middle school football, Duncan noted.