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Mount Vernon School Board receives bronze award for statewide board recognition program

“They’ve put in time and effort to better themselves and deserve this recognition,” said the executive director of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota.

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The Mount Vernon School Board with their 2021-22 ALL award. Courtesy of Tyler Pickner.
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MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon School Board members were honored by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota for their collective efforts to enhance their knowledge of school board work throughout the 2021-22 school year.

The Mount Vernon School Board earned a Bronze level award in ASBSD’s statewide board recognition program, Act, Learn, Lead (ALL).

The program awards points for a board’s collective participation in activities and training related to school board work and for demonstrating leadership in public education at the local, state and national level, throughout the previous school year.

To earn the Bronze level award, the Mount Vernon School Board accumulated 270 points.

“School boards take on different tasks and face new challenges every year and the Mount Vernon School Board members put in a lot of work to further their knowledge of and learn new things about school board work that will be a great benefit to their district,” said Wade Pogany, Executive Director of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota.


“They’ve put in time and effort to better themselves and deserve this recognition.”

In 2021-22 a record 91 public school boards – more than 60 percent of the public boards in South Dakota – earned an ALL award.

This is the Mount Vernon School Board’s first ALL award.

“South Dakota public school boards do amazing work and put in a great deal of effort for their students, staff and community members and for more than 90 of them to earn this honor is a testament to that effort,” Pogany said.

“The Mount Vernon School Board are committed to excelling in their work as school board members and we’re thrilled to honor them with the ALL award.”

The Associated School Boards of South Dakota is a private, non-profit association representing more than 850 South Dakota school board members, the 149 schools they govern and the students they serve.

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