Once a year, the National Association of School Boards recognizes the achievements and contributions of school boards, trustees, teachers, administrators, educational advocates and others from 17 districts spread out across Nevada.
The National Association of School Boards held its annual conference in Las Vegas earlier this month, and several White Pine County School District Board members were honored with several different awards.
The association recognized 31 departing school trustees from across Nevada with combined service totaling 252 years. Each departing trustee received certificates of recognition from Senators Catherin Cortez Masto and Dean Heller together with a certifate from NASB.
Pete Mangum, White Pine County School District Board Trustee, received the First Executive Director Award. Mangum served eight years as a director for the Association of School Boards. In addition, Mangum has been the driving force behind school safety initiatives.
Mangum said, “Being recognized by the director of NASB for contributions I’ve made on the state level is truly a great honor and a humbling experience.”
Mangum explained that being on the board through the years, so many things have been accomplished, from school safety practices, facility comforts and improvements, school achievement awards to sports and academic championships.
Mangum worked with administrators, local law enforcement and first responders in staging mock disaster drills to reform the district’s safety plan.
In addition, Mangum also assisted with developing a food pantry for kids in need.
Lori Hunt, WPCSD School Board Trustee, received two awards. One, the Third Executive Director award, and the other award, Veterans School Board Member of the Year. Hunt has dedicated her services and leadership in welcoming new trustees to the board with her knowledge, and ability in demonstrating how important it is to be a role model for others.
Hunt said she has learned so many things in the past 13 years as a trustee. Hunt notes the most rewarding has been to work with a great group of people both as fellow board members, and school personnel, with the common goal being kids.
“I’ve seen tremendous growth and opportunities for teachers within the districts diligence in applying for grants to subsidize a lacking budget to provide support in the classroom directly affecting kidsm” she said. “Do we ever get everything right, no but, it’s not for lack of tryiny.”
Hunt is currently serving as the president of the Advocates for Nevada’s School Trust lands and will continue to do so even though her term as trustee on the board ends.
The last award that the entire board received was the School Board of the Year.
The award recognizes the consistent use and development of skills and programs focused on board-superintendent cooperation and teamwork to improve student achievement.
In 2017, the WPCSD worked with district staff to revisit, re-craft, and consolidate the WPCSD Performance Plan, focusing on dramatically increasing student achievement at all levels.
They were able to secure $3.8 million in grants. Those funds made it possible for the strategic intent of the District Performance Plan to be implemented.
Superintendent, Adam Young spoke of the boards leadership and dedication.
“It has been an honor and privilege to work with folks who care as much about this community and the children in it,” he said. “Their dedication and leadership have changed the world for many, many young people over the years. Public education in Nevada has faced and continues to face many significant challenges, and these public servants are up to the heavy lifting that goes into working to create a world class learning environment.”