The Columbus County Board of Education is the 2016 recipient of the School Board Leadership Award. This award honors a school board for extraordinary leadership during the 2015-2016 school year. To receive this esteemed award, which is given by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA), a board must demonstrate excellent governance skills through commitment to the role of the school board. The Columbus County Board of Education received this award in 2014 as well.
Columbus County was recognized during the Awards Ceremony of the Association’s 47th Annual Conference for Board Member Development in Greensboro on November 17. During comments to ceremony attendees, the board was celebrated for consistently continuously seeking to expand opportunities for the students it serves. After a fire destroyed one of the schools two years ago, the board responded quickly and made sure the students could return to the next day. This year, these students entered the doors of a beautiful state-of-the-art school. As budgets dwindle across the state, the necessity of an insightful, forward-thinking school board has become increasingly essential to a school system’s success.