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Published on December 7th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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District Five Board honored with 2016 Legislative Advocacy Award

Pictured: School board members of Lexington-Richland District Five presented with 2016 Legislative Advocacy Award at the SCSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference and Delegate Assembly.

IRMO- Board of Trustees members for Lexington-Richland School District Five received the 2016 South Carolina School Board Association (SCSBA) Advocacy Program of the Year Award. The award was presented at the SCSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference and Delegate Assembly. Board Chair, Robert Gantt accepted the award on behalf of the District Five School Board.

The Legislative Advocacy Award is presented to school board members who are among the most effective advocates for legislation and policy that support public education. This award recognizes school boards that have developed and implemented model legislative advocacy programs. To be eligible, programs must have operated for the most recent legislative sessions of the United States Congress and the South Carolina General Assembly.

In its nomination packet, the many achievements of the District Five Board’s legislative advocacy plan were recounted. The narrative noted the Board’s, “long history of strong and effective legislative advocacy on behalf of public education, South Carolina school districts and District Five. They work closely with the South Carolina School Board Association to help shape potential legislation and respond to pending legislation. They have established strong ties to the District Five community and act as very effective liaisons and advocates for the public schools and the communities they serve.”

At the presentation ceremony, SCSBA Executive Director Scott T. Price said, “Among the many roles and responsibilities of school board members, serving as the voice for public schools and promoting good legislative policy must be at the top. It is up to each of us to take an active and leading role in advocating for public education with our congressional and state lawmakers.”

Upon receiving the award, Gantt said, “The District Five School Board is very proud to advocate for our schools and community and we are honored to receive this award. Our Board worked very hard this year to alert our legislature of looming budget shortfalls that would negatively impact our schools. We are thankful that our actions made a difference. A special thanks to Board Member Ed White who led our efforts.”

“District Five is extremely fortunate to have an engaged and effective school board,” said District Five Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Hefner. “They provide the district with strong leadership and vision. And, as this award acknowledges, they just as importantly act as advocates and champions for our students, teachers, staff and community.”

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