Board member advances in KSBA academy

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By The Staff

A member of the Harrison County Board of Education has exceeded his state-mandated annual professional development requirements and in doing so has earned advanced certification to continue his work for this community’s public schools.

Gary Lizer has achieved Level III Certification in the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) Academy of Studies. 

Each level in the Academy builds on the previous round of courses, ranging from the basics about board meetings and student learning to specially designed leadership courses for more experienced members.  Revamped in 2008, the Academy covers areas such as using student achievement data to set district goals and plan budgets, compliance with state and federal laws, superintendent selection and evaluation, school construction, strategic planning, policy development and effective community involvement.

“The Academy of Studies prepares school board members to succeed in a new era of high expectations through a comprehensive, realistic and practical curriculum,” said KSBA President Delmar Mahan, a member of the Whitley County Board of Education.

“As we spoke with our members, it became clear that many wanted more clarity and specificity for what was required at each level of the Academy.  We wanted to create a ‘road map’ that gave clear direction but was flexible enough to meet individual needs.  So we enlisted the help of current Kentucky board members and superintendents and a year later we had a system that was created by real experts in the field,” he said.