The Lancaster ISD Board was named one of three national winners of the 2017 CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence recently. The Lancaster ISD Board, along with the school boards from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools, received the 2017 CUBE Award at the Council of Urban Boards of Education’s (CUBE) 49th Annual Conference September 28-30 in New Orleans, Louisiana. CUBE, administered by the National School Boards Association (NSBA), annually recognizes urban school boards that exhibit excellence in school board governance, academic improvement, educational equity, and community engagement.
“This year’s CUBE Award winners have demonstrated strong leadership and measurable success in providing urban schoolchildren with the finest public education possible,” NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel said. “Their success is an inspirational example of how local school boards, as education leaders in their respective communities, can make a profound difference in the lives of America’s schoolchildren.”
Focus on Student Achievement
The Lancaster ISD Board was recognized for its work to recover from a period of troubled finances and leadership divisions seven years ago. As part of its turnover, the board invested in board training, prioritized financial management, and worked to align its actions with research on high-performing school boards.
The result has been a more effective academic program, with a greater emphasis on STEM education, a strong early education program, and successful efforts to raise student academic performance and participation in advanced placement courses. “As a ‘team of eight,’ our primary focus is and has been student achievement,” said Lancaster ISD Board President Ty G. Jones. “Through our STEM focus, we have fostered partnerships that have benefited.”