Lincoln Consolidated Schools Board of Education Honored for Excellence in School Governance

The Lincoln Consolidated Schools Board of Education has met the rigorous requirements to be named to the distinguished list of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Board Visionary Leadership Award winners. Representatives of the Lincoln Consolidated Schools Board of Education will accept the award at a luncheon in conjunction with MASB’s Annual Fall Conference to be held in Lansing on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The Board Visionary Leadership Award was created in 2004 to recognize boards of education/ governance teams for their vision, leadership and success in raising student achievement. Each year, both local and intermediate district boards of education are eligible to receive the award. Entries are evaluated by independent judges against a pre-established set of criteria:

  • Leadership for achievement;
  • Growth in student achievement;
  • Board development/leadership effectiveness;
  • Board conduct, operations and ethics; and
  • Communications and community relations.

Approximately two years ago, Lincoln Consolidated Schools initiated a collaborative effort to develop the district’s mission, vision and goals. Working with the staff at MASB, Lincoln underwent a comprehensive strategic planning process, including data-based decision making and a community engagement plan. The initiative has led to all schools making AYP in 2008-09, including the high school, which hadn’t made AYP for six years, as well as a district-wide focus on student achievement and continuous development.

“The Lincoln Consolidated Schools Board of Education has demonstrated a commitment to operating by the highest standards in order to successfully improve student achievement,” said Kathy Hayes, MASB executive director. 

Members of the 2008-09 award-winning Lincoln Consolidated Board of Education include: Lynn Cleary, superintendent; Kim Samuelson, president; Gregory Gurka, vice president; James Paschal, secretary; Kenneth Goetz, treasurer; Jeremy Keeney, trustee; Jennifer LaBombarbe, trustee; and Jeannette Upston, trustee.