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School Board and Community Members Honored with County-wide awards

00:00 AM - May 20, 2020

Graphic: Congratulations El Dorado County School Board Association Winners! Education is essential to Every Child's Development, Image of William

The El Dorado County School Boards Association (EDCSBA) honored school board and community members for their 2019 contributions to public education in El Dorado County. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was necessary to cancel the EDCSBA Annual Awards Dinner for 2019-20. In lieu of that opportunity, EDCSBA and the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) arranged to distribute the awards to the recipient’s local school districts for presentation. In letters addressed to award recipients, James Scot Yarnell, EDCSBA President, expressed, “On behalf of El Dorado County School Boards Association and its member districts, and the El Dorado County Office of Education, Superintendent Dr. Ed Manansala and I thank you for your invaluable support and contributions to public education in El Dorado County.”

Awards were selected in five different categories:

Educational Statesmanship: William “Bill” Drescher, Black Oak Mine Union School District (BOMUSD), is an advocate for public education in the community, enriching and improving the educational experience for all students.

Leader in Boardsmanship: Barbara Bannar, Lake Tahoe Unified School District (LTUSD), for making significant contributions to her board by providing community leadership on educational issues and advocating on behalf of students and public education.

Outstanding Community Organization: El Dorado Union High School District School Resource Officers (EDUHSD SROs) and Women’s Fund El Dorado for their notable contribution to education of valuable resources, time and financial support; effective collaboration with education and community leaders; development of innovative solutions to complex challenges facing public education; and, broad support and active involvement in the community.

Outstanding Community Members/Volunteers: Sol Nisbet (BOMUSD), Lee Miller, Placerville Union School District (PUSD), Patty Power Rescue Union School District (RUSD), and Ben Glickman (RUSD) for their steadfast commitment to our schools. They developed innovative programs, donated countless hours, and have gone above and beyond to ensure our students grow beyond the classroom.

Dolores Garcia Memorial Spirit of Boardsmanship Award: Debbie Akin (EDCOE) and Tim Cary (EDUHSD). This is the highest award a board member can receive and the pinnacle of awards for boardsmanship. These individuals demonstrate exemplary performance in leadership, service, community relations, and advocacy, with current knowledge on educational trends and legislation. They provide community leadership on educational issues and advocate on behalf of students and public education, contributing to the success of all students through exceptional leadership.

Lifetime Achievement: Ann Wofford, Camino Union School District (CUSD). The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to outgoing or retiring board members to recognize their contributions during their career as a trustee. Trustees must have served at least eight years on a school district or County Office Board.

Congratulations to all winners!

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