Officials complete master’s training

Officials complete master’s trainingKern County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Barlow (left) visits Sierra Sands officials for a training session. Also shown are SSUSD Superintendent Ernie Bell (center in white shirt) with board members (from second from left) Kurt Rockwell, Amy Covert, Bill Farris, Tim Johnson and Mike Scott. — Courtesy photo

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Members of the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education completed the California School Boards Association’s Master’s in Governance Program in March.

“This exceptional commitment to professional development in the service of students signifies mastery of the roles and responsibilities of school boards and a strong understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to build and support an effective governance structure that helps produce better outcomes for students,” said a spokesperson of the program.

“This certificate symbolizes deep commitment to professional development in the service of public school students,” said CSBA President Mike Walsh.

The program provides education leaders with the knowledge and tolls needed to govern effectively.

“The skills acquired though MIG are critically important as board members and superintendents navigate the increasingly complex landscape of public education. I applaud this year’s graduates for modeling the virtue of continuing education and for refining the practices needed to strengthen schools and support student growth and achievement.”

Since the program’s inception in 1998, more than 3,000 board members and superintendents have participated in the highly acclaimed certificate program. Candidates must complete 35 hours of intensive training on the role of the governance team in setting the direction of the district, student learning and achievement, school finance, human resources, policy and judicial review, collective bargaining and community relations and advocacy.

“The Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education and Superintendent truly feel this was an outstanding professional development experience,” reads a collective statement released by Sierra Sands. “It helped us to refine our knowledge and skills, build and support an effective governance structure and develop a common understanding of the team’s total responsibility.”

District officials also extended a special thank-you to Kern County Superintendent Dr. Mary Barlow, who hosted the courses for boar members and superintendents in the county.

Story First Published: 2018-04-06