Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education is among a select group of school boards across the nation to earn a 2014 First Place Magna Award.
The Magna Awards honor districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools.
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools received the 2014 Magna Award first place honor for the engagement and transparency throughout the district’s recent Student Reassignment Process. The school district was one of only two districts in the state to receive this honor.
The goal of the Student Reassignment Process was to ensure a smooth transition into new assignment boundaries for schools in order to better utilize the district’s resources including facilities, transportation, and instructional materials. The Board’s process proved critical in the successful development and execution of the NRMPS student reassignment boundaries.
Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Chairwoman Evelyn Bulluck said she was honored to learn that the district received a first place honor in the award categories.
“NRMS is excited about receiving the American School Board Journals Magna Award for Best Practices for School Leaders Award,” Bulluck said. “To be honored as a recipient of this award is a testament of the hard work and dedication of our superintendent, Dr. Anthony Jackson, and his staff.
“We commend Dr. Jackson and his staff for the hard work they do for all our children in this district.”
The 20th annual Magna Awards program is sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s American School Board Journal with the support of Sodexo. This year’s three grand prize, 15 first place, and 15 honorable mention winners were selected from three enrollment categories: less than 5,000 students, 5,000 to 20,000 students, and more than 20,000 students.
The American School Board Journal initiated the Magna Awards in 1995 to recognize school boards for taking bold and innovative steps to improve their educational programs. An independent panel of school board members, administrators and other educators selected the winners from nearly 300 submissions.
The 2014 winners were highlighted in a special section in the March/April issue of the American School Board Journal and were formally recognized on April 5 at the Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon, which was part of National School Boards Association’s 74th Annual Conference.
School board members Robert Bynum and Reginald Silver and Jackson attended the conference, and accepted the 2014 Magna Award on behalf of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. All school board members received a special Magna Award pin and the district’s plaque during the school board meeting held April 7.