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Lancaster ISD Board of Trustees Earn 2017 CUBE Annual Awards for Urban School Board Excellence

The Lancaster Independent School District Board of Trustees is the recipient of the 2017 CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence and received their official honor during the Council of Urban Boards of Education’s (CUBE) 49th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.
Awarded by the National School Board Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE), the CUBE Award recognizes 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 and CEO Thomas J. Gentzel said. “Their success is an inspirational example of how local school boards, as education leaders in their communities, can make a difference in the lives of America’s schoolchildren.”
The Lancaster ISD School Board worked hard 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. Through our STEM focus, we have fostered partnerships that have benefited both our staff and students. Our staff has been exposed to professional development from our STEM partners which has built their capacity which in turn has increased the academic success of our students,” Board President Ty G. Jones said. “Groups of our students worked collaboratively with partners and repurposed an older automobile into a student-engineered, street legal sports car, and more recently, our students rebuilt an airplane which will be flown to provide humanitarian efforts around the globe. As trustees in Lancaster ISD, we are proud to provide our students with real-world opportunities.

Having been named the 2016 State Honor Board of the Year as well as the 2016 National Alliance of Black School Education Board of the Year, President Jones said that this recent honor will add to the Board’s momentum.
“We will leverage the national recognition by the CUBE Annual Award for Urban Excellence to strengthen existing strategic partnerships and establish new ones to invest in the vision and mission of Lancaster ISD,” President Jones said. “We will also utilize this national recognition as a platform to highlight best practices and systems of the Board which has benefited the students and community of Lancaster.”
Lancaster ISD trustees stood alongside Pennsylvania’s Pittsburgh Public Schools and Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools who also received the CUBE honor.
“In presenting these excellence awards, CUBE is not only celebrating the success of these school boards but providing the nation with a showcase of excellence and achievement in urban school district management,” Micah Ali, chair of the CUBE Steering Committee said.
Each winning school district will receive a $2,500 award check to be used to help the school boards advance their goals, and their successful board practices will be featured in future articles in the Urban Advocate, CUBE’s quarterly feature in ASBJ Magazine, as well as highlighted at future CUBE conferences.
“We will utilize the financial award to increase the capacity of our Board and to increase opportunities for students. The Board will use funds to purchase books for routine book studies identified during our annual Team of 8 training which will increase our capacity to intentionally govern and lead our thriving school district.”
The volunteers who serve as the Lancaster ISD Board of Trustees are:
Ty G. Jones, President - District 5
2012 – Current
Robbie Johnson, Vice President - District 6
2013 – Current
LaRhonda Mays, Secretary - District 4
2014 – Current
Ellen Clark - District 7
2009 – Current
Cynthia Corbin-Jarvis - District 2
2009 – Current
Rhonda Davis-Crawford - District 3
2013 – Current
Marion Hamilton - District 1
2010 – Current
Learn more about CUBE and past winners on CUBE’s webpage:
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. www.nsba.org