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Carson City School Board named state’s best

Teri Vance

Despite the turnover of three positions on the Carson City School Board this year, it was selected as the state’s board of the year by the Nevada Association of School Boards.

“During the last year, the board has faced the challenge of losing several board members and handling reduced per-pupil support,” according to the write up accompanying the award on association’s Web site. “Nonetheless, the board has worked together and supported change and creative remedies in a professional manner. The board demonstrates mutual respect and appreciation for one another’s skills and abilities.”

The explanation of the award also commended the board’s financial responsibility.

“The Carson City School District Board of Trustees has managed the district’s finances to ensure that resources continue to be available to serve children even though the district’s enrollment has been declining,” the write up said. “During recent years of lower student enrollment, the financial practices of the district have provided all school districts with an excellent example of resource management.”

The award commendation also cites the board’s willingness to work with state lawmakers.

“Because of its proximity to the Nevada Legislature, members of the Carson City School District Board of Trustees are frequently called upon to testify or to meet with legislators about issues of concern to all board members,” it reads. “Often the board is asked to provide quick and accurate information on behalf of all school districts. Always this is done in a professional manner and with accurate information.”

As part of the award, Marty Johnson, JNA Consulting Group LLC, a long-time corporate sponsor of the association, presented the board $500. The money will be used to support the district’s annual essay contest.

Also at last month’s association meeting, Carson City School Board trustee Jim Lemaire was elected as president of the Nevada Association of School Boards.

Lemaire is the second Carson City trustee to serve in that position in recent years. Board President Norm Scoggin served as the association president in 2007.