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Board Member Recognized for Achievement

posted Sep 22, 2017, 7:26 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC
SDOC School Board Member Joe Rukat recently earned recognition by the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) for achievement in the 2016-17 Boardmanship Institute.

School board members are elected to office by the voters in their area.  Once the members are established by the board, they are required to attend a New Board Orientation, which is the only state-mandated training.  However, for dedicated board members, learning does not stop there.

"I am proud to serve the School District of Oconee County," Mr. Rukat said.  "Being a school board member is an honor that carries a great responsibility for me to do the best job possible.  To me, that includes attending training on issues I may not be overly familiar with."

The SCSBA Boardmanship Institute, established in 1982, offers a year-round training curriculum to help board members develop skills and stay abreast of state and national education issues.  Workshops focus on school law, advocacy and legislation, improving board operations, leadership for improving student achievement and other timely topics.  Each year, about 80 percent of board members statewide attend at least one training session.

Board members can achieve up to six levels of recognition by earning points that are accrued annually from July through June for participation in statewide conferences and a training provided onsite in their district.  Mr. Rukat has been on the board for less than a year but has already progressed to level two of six levels.  SDOC is very proud to have such dedicated board members.