School board and district best practices were honored today at the School Leaders Luncheon as 18 Magna Award winners received accolades for their innovative solutions to the challenges faced in public education today. Fifteen districts received honorable mentions.
The three grand prize winners earned $4,000 in scholarship money. The Magna Awards are presented by American School Board Journal and NSBA and they are sponsored through the generous support of Sodexo School Services.
Kentucky’s Mason County Schools won in the small enrollment category for its Home Visit Initiative, where every student in the district recieves a visit from his or her teacher before the start of school each year.
The winner in the medium enrollment category, Madison County School District in Phoenix, Ariz., developed three professional development programs for teachers so they could take advantage of the influx of new technology coming into their classrooms.
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools in Louisiana took the grand prize in the large district category for an energy savings program that allowed the district to save $4.4 million in energy costs and send that money back to the classrooms.
Read about all of the award-winning programs at www.asbj.com/magna. You’ll also find a searchable database of past winners and high-scoring applications
Grand Prize Winner, Category 1 — under 5,000 enrollment
Mason County Schools, Maysville, Ky.
Grand Prize Winner, Category 2 — 5,000-20,000 enrollment
Madison School District, Phoenix, Ariz.
Grand Prize Winner, Category 3 — over 20,000 enrollment
St. Tammany Parish Public School System, Covington, La.
Winners, Category 1 — under 5,000 enrollment
Ferndale Public Schools, Ferndale, Mich.
High Point Regional High School District, Sussex, N.J.
Lexington City Schools, Lexington, N.C.
Trussville City Schools, Trussville, Ala.
Valley View Independent School District, Pharr, Texas
Winners, Category 2 — 5,000-20,000 enrollment
Blue Springs R-IV School District, Blue Springs, Mo.
Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Montrose County School District Re-1J, Montrose, Colo.
School District of La Crosse, La Crosse, Wis.
St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Luling, La.
Winners, Category 3 — over 20,000 enrollment
Austin Independent School District, Austin, Texas
Polk County Public Schools, Bartow, Fla.
San Bernardino City Unified School District, San Bernardino, Calif.
West Contra Costa Unified School District, Richmond, Calif.
Yonkers Public Schools, Yonkers, N.Y.
Honorable Mention, Category 1 — under 5,000 enrollment
Flossmoor School District 161, Flossmoor, Ill.
Greene County School System, Greensboro, Ga.
Katonah-Lewisboro School District, Katonah, N.Y.
Las Vegas City Schools, Las Vegas, N.M.
Normandy School District, St. Louis, Mo.
Honorable Mention, Category 2 — 5,000-20,000 enrollment
Encinitas Union School District, Encinitas, Calif.
Flowing Wells Unified School District, Tucson, Ariz.
Friendswood Independent School District, Friendswood, Texas
Parma City School District, Parma, Ohio
Rockdale County Public Schools, Conyers, Ga.
Honorable Mention, Category 3 — over 20,000 enrollment
Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville, N.C.
Horry County Schools, Conway, S.C.
Jackson County Intermediate School District, Jackson, Mich.
Mesquite Independent School District, Mesquite, Texas
Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, Va.