FWCS One of Three Districts to Earn 2015 Urban School Board Excellence Award - October 05, 2015

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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced the district winners of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) 2015 Award for Urban School Board Excellence: Ohio’s Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Indiana’s Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Nebraska’s Lincoln Public Schools.

Each year CUBE recognizes exemplary school boards for their excellence in school board governance, ability to build civic capacity, success in closing the achievement gap and working for equity in education, and demonstrated success of academic excellence. At CUBE’s annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, October 1-3, the winning districts had the opportunity to share their success stories and best practices, highlighting the crucial connection between effective school board governance and student achievement.

“NSBA is happy to honor Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Lincoln Public Schools for their accomplishments and ongoing work to improve student learning in their districts,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association.

“These school districts have made notable progress in raising student achievement and engaging the community while confronting some of the most challenging conditions in public education, said Van Henri White, CUBE Steering Committee Chair, and Board President, Rochester City Schools, New York.

Richard Lewis, Executive Director, Ohio School Boards Association, stated, “Being recognized with the 2015 Urban School Board Excellence Award confirms the efforts of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in improving student academic performance.” “Through the leadership of the school board, the district has made great strides in closing the achievement gap and improving the future of children in Cleveland.

“Fort Wayne Community Schools has great leadership and a school board that is committed to educational excellence for all students,” said Dr. Brian Smith, Executive Director, Indiana School Boards Association. “You can sense this student-centered focus as it drives the district’s day-to-day decision-making and clearly impacts their long range program planning.”

“Lincoln Public Schools has had a positive impact throughout the entire community and it is a direct result from a dedicated board and administration,” said John Spatz, Executive Director, Nebraska Association of School Boards. “Being recognized as one of three Urban School Board Excellence award winners is a tremendous accomplishment for not only Lincoln, but all of Nebraska.

The CUBE annual award for Urban School Board Excellence is supported by NSBA’s corporate partner, Sodexo. In addition to each winning district receiving a $2,500 award check, they are all featured in the October issue of American School Board Journal, and will be highlighted throughout the year in CUBE programming.

More information about CUBE and past winners is available on CUBE’s webpage.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.