The Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District Board of Education recently was honored for receiving the Carole E. Larsen Master Board Certification through the New Jersey School Boards Association’s Board Member Academy.
The award recognizes high-performing school boards that have undergone additional training that is designed to give school board members a firm foundation in the governance skills needed to carry out their elected responsibilities.
The Board of Education received its award at the May 12 virtual meeting of the Atlantic County School Boards Association. Jane Kershner, NJSBA’s director of field services, was present at the board’s June 7 meeting to present the award during an in-person ceremony.
The Carole E. Larsen Master Board Certification is the NJSBA Board Member Academy’s highest honor. To earn this award, a currently certified or recertified board must complete at least 10 hours of additional training. The board attends the training along with its superintendent, and the board must provide evidence to demonstrate an emphasis on student achievement in their board actions.
The board must also verify through an NJSBA Policy Wellness Check that the board’s policy manual is up-to-date, complete an analysis of the district’s union contract by NJSBA’s labor relations staff, and demonstrate board effectiveness through the board self-evaluation and the New Jersey Department of Education monitoring process.
The current membership of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District Board of Education includes Carol Houck, president; Margaret Guenther, vice-president; and members Michael Baldwin, Peggy Capone, Darrell Edmonds, Dr. Anne Erickson, Lois Garrison, Greg Kehrli, and Brian Sartorio.
“I congratulate our school board members on this outstanding accomplishment, and I want to thank them for their dedication to the students of Oakcrest, Absegami, and Cedar Creek High Schools, and the advancement of public education,” said Board President Carol Houck.