Buckingham County school board certified as ‘Master Board’

Published 10:16 pm Friday, May 26, 2023

The Buckingham County School Board has earned the title of a Virginia School Board Association “Master Board”. This happened after the group attended four professional development sessions, totaling over 25 hours, between February and May 15. VSBA staff facilitated discussions centered on enhancing team-building skills, improving communication, listening, and developing constructive board behaviors.

Buckingham County School Board Chair, Theresa Bryant, expressed her gratitude for the hard work and dedication of the governance team and Superintendent, Dr. John Keeler. 

“I would like to thank members of our governance team and Superintendent Dr. John Keeler for their dedication and active participation throughout the process of becoming a Master Board,” Bryant said. “The Buckingham County School Governance Team is more ‘U-Knight-ed’ than ever before because of our dedication and commitment to our county.”

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So what does the title mean? The VSBA offers custom-designed professional development activities and training to school boards throughout Virginia based on their specific needs. The VSBA Master Board Training program is an intensive series of activities and modules that include personality assessments, team-building exercises, and discussion prompts focused on building a cohesive team and improving communication skills.

The VSBA Executive Director, Gina Patterson, commended the Buckingham County Governance Team for its achievement, saying, “to become a Master Board takes time, energy, and a deep understanding of good board governance.”