FSSD School Board Receives Statewide Recognition

The Franklin Special School District Board of Education, collectively and individually, picked up the highest awards given at the annual state conference of its professional association on Monday, November 16. During an awards luncheon at Opryland Hotel, the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) announced that the FSSD Board of Education was the 2015 Tennessee School Board of the Year. TSBA annually honors a school board for excellent service. To be considered for this award, school boards must be a TSBA Board of Distinction; develop, apply and monitor policy; be involved in long-range planning; promote quality education through involvement with the legislature, city/county commission, State Board of Education, community and staff; participate in board development activities, including boardmanship award levels for each member; and exhibit a positive relationship with the media. The FSSD Board is currently in its second of two years as a TSBA Board of Distinction. FSSD Board members include: Tim Stillings, Chairman Robert Blair, Vice-Chair Alicia Barker, Secretary Robin Newman, Treasurer Allena Bell Kevin Townsel   TSBA Master Ambassador: Allena Bell Other notable awards presented to FSSD Board members at the luncheon include a Master Ambassador Award to Allena Bell for her “outreach efforts to increase community awareness and understanding of public education issues,” according to TSBA. Bell was appointed by the Board of Education in 2013 to fill a vacant seat and was subsequently elected in 2014 to serve a four-year term.  She currently serves as the School Board’s representative on the TSBA Tennessee Legislative Network. She has completed training at the state and regional levels, and has attained the credit necessary to achieve Level III TSBA...