Surry school leaders receive multiple recognitions at annual VSBA Convention

By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: December 9, 2018 | 3:45 p.m.

SURRY – Surry County was well represented at the recent annual convention of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) in Williamsburg.  Approximately 1,000 school governance leaders attended the convention, participating in more than 50 workshops, clinics and critical issues sessions focused on topics such as board governance, school law, workforce readiness, schools in challenging environments advocacy, and educational trends. Local attendees were Surry County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Thornton,  School Board Chair Elsie Dennis, and Board members Marion Wilkins, Audrey Byrd, Harold Jones, and Laura Ruffin, and they came away with high honors.

Surry County Public Schools (SCPS) received two important recognitions during the convention for school board governance and excellence in risk management practices.  The School Board and Superintendent also were recognized with an Award of Distinction by VSBA for their commitment to continuous board development and best practices in board and organizational governance.  In addition, SCPS was one of only six school divisions recognized during the general session by the Virginia Association of Counties Group Self-Insurance Risk Pool (VACORP) for Excellence in Risk Management in the area of property/casualty.  

When Dr. Lee Brannon of VACORP presented Superintendent Thornton and school board members with a plaque, he encouraged other school divisions to learn from the risk management practices of Surry Schools and other award recipients to mitigate risk to people and property, saying, “It is an honor to recognize school divisions that are excelling in risk management and are truly putting a focus on strong safety, injury prevention and property protection practices.”  

Surry Schools Superintendent, Dr. Thornton also served as a panelist during a session on Board Governance.

“We are excited to bring back to Surry what we learned at the VSBA Annual Convention this year,” said Elsie Dennis, board chair.  “The convention is a great investment for our school division and community because it allows our board to continue learning about national and statewide practices and trends, meet and learn from key policy officials, and bring back new best management practices for our schools that will improve our students’ education.”

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