Lindbergh school board earns MSBA Governance Team Award

Missouri School Boards' Association Executive Director Melissa Randol, second from left, presents the MSBA 2017 Governance Team Award to, from left, Lindbergh Board of Education Vice President Jennifer Miller, President Karen Schuster, board member Christy Watz and Treasurer Mike Tsichlis.

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Missouri School Boards’ Association Executive Director Melissa Randol, second from left, presents the MSBA 2017 Governance Team Award to, from left, Lindbergh Board of Education Vice President Jennifer Miller, President Karen Schuster, board member Christy Watz and Treasurer Mike Tsichlis.

The Lindbergh Board of Education is one of 24 Missouri school boards that received the Missouri School Boards’ Association’s 2017 Governance Team Award.

The Lindbergh school board has earned this prestigious honor six times since 2010, according to a district news release.

MSBA’s Governance Team Award is based on a board’s outstanding commitment to ongoing professional development in such areas as student achievement, school law and finance, board operations and contemporary issues in education. The award also recognizes the board’s commitment to regional and statewide leadership and to active participation in legislative advocacy for public schools and the students they serve.

Twenty-four of Missouri’s 518 public school boards received the award in 2017.

To receive this honor, members of Lindbergh’s Board of Education during the 2016-2017 school year met the following criteria:

• All seven board members completed the essential certification from MSBA. They include former President Kathleen Kienstra, former Vice President Donald Bee, current President and former Secretary Karen Schuster, former Treasurer Vicki Englund, current Vice President Jennifer Miller, current Treasurer Mike Tsichlis and former board member Gary Ujka.

• The district is accredited.

• At least two board members have attained advanced certification from MSBA.

• At least one board member has attained the master’s level of certification.

• At least a quorum of the board and the superintendent attended the 2016 MSBA Annual Conference and a regional meeting during the past year.

• A representative attended the 2017 MSBA Legislative Forum.

• A board representative participated in MSBA’s 2016 Delegate Assembly.