COLUMBUS — Lynn Angell, a board member who has served the Gallia-Jackson-Vinton Joint Vocational School District representing the Gallipolis City School District, received Ohio School Boards Associations Veteran Board Member Award at the association’s 63rd annual Capital Conference and Trade Show, Sunday, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
“I enjoy what I do,” said Angell. “Its been an experience. I feel like I represent the community in the school district and I’m the voice of the parents and community members who live here. I think local school boards are important because every county is different and every child is different. We just spent three days in Columbus having classes and seeing how things are done there. Columbus is seeing how things are done in rural districts. Sometimes they have a good idea and sometimes we have a good idea and sometimes we have to blend the two together or else it won’t work.”
“One of the classes I went to there was on mental health in the school districts,” said Angell of her experience, “and we don’t have the (urban) resources they have. They had these wonderful things and we kept talking to them and a mom there gave us (ideas) we could bring to this district because she understood that we don’t have children’s hospitals next to us. I try to make these kinds of ideas fit our district.”
A news release from Buckeye Hills said that “Ms. Angell has been a wonderful advocate for Gallipolis City Schools and Buckeye Hills Career Center. She leads and encourages both districts to be innovative delivery models, while providing all students opportunities to learn individually. Lynn is also an enormous supporter and promoter of agricultural programs and the FFA. She believes and understands the value of hands-on experiences, as well as career technical student organizations. These programs and associations provide students with leadership opportunities for a lifetime.”
The Veteran Board Member Award is given to school board members in recognition of 25 years of service. Of the nearly 3,500 board members in Ohio, only 28 will receive the honor in 2018.
In its 63rd year, the Ohio School Boards Association says its mission is to lead the way to educational excellence by serving Ohio’s public school board members and the diverse districts they represent through superior service, unwavering advocacy and creative solutions.