The WASB is proud to announce that the Elk Mound Area School District has been selected as a winner in the 2014 Magna Award program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s American School Board Journal. Elk Mound is being recognized in the honorable mention category for the district’s leadership efforts to improve technology in the district.
Through the board’s support, the Elk Mound Area School District has implemented a modern, effective, and accessible technological presence at its schools. Each year the school board designates dollars to its short-range plans, which, in recent years, have included purchasing and installing an underground fiber network with a direct link to the internet connecting to multiple platforms available for students and staff. In addition, the board backed-up these resources by creating incentives through the district’s innovative compensation plan for staff to expand their knowledge and use of technology.
“On behalf of the school board and the Elk Mound Schools community, I am honored that we have been recognized with this Magna Award,” said School Board President Tim Sivertson. “Our board is committed to improving with the ultimate goal of continual growth in our students’ achievement. It is a pleasure to work with a board that always keeps the best interests of its students in mind.”
Elk Mound also received a Magna Award in 2008.
The 20th annual Magna Awards program is sponsored by the American School Board Journal with the generous support of Sodexo. The Magna Awards recognize school boards across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. This year's three grand prize, 15 first place, and 15 honorable mention winners were selected from three enrollment categories: under 5,000 students, 5,000 to 20,000 students, and over 20,000 students.
The awards were initiated in 1995 to recognize school boards for taking bold and innovative steps to improve their educational programs. An independent panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators selected the winners from nearly 250 submissions. The 2014 winners will be formally recognized on Sat., April 5, at the Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon, which is part of NSBA's 74th Annual Conference.
2014 Magna Award Winners