Going beyond what is required by Kentucky law, Harlan County School Board Member Wallace Napier has earned advanced certification for professional development focused on improving schools.
Napier is a resident of Evarts. He is retired from the Harlan County School District where he was a longtime principal at Evarts High School. He is active in several community organizations that promote education and recognize and honor Harlan County students.
He received recognition during the Harlan County Board of Education on Thursday for achieving Level II and Level III Certification in the Kentucky School Boards Association Academy of Studies.
The academy is designed to work within Kentucky statutes that mandate more hours in a board member’s early years of service, then fewer hours the longer the board member serves.
Courses in the lower academy levels include the basics on the school board’s role, school finance, superintendent evaluations and facilities planning.
As a board member advances in the certification process, the courses become less general and more specific to issues such as evaluating the board’s own effectiveness, advanced budget planning, becoming better advocates for children and grasping their board’s responsibilities in Kentucky’s new school and student accountability system.
“The longer the board member serves, the more he or she should be introduced to new concepts that meet new challenges,” said KSBA President Durward Narramore. “As a group, school board members who make it to a new level of accreditation in the academy of studies haven’t just put in more time; they’ve delved into deeper considerations of the long-term issues of helping improve teaching and learning in the classroom.
“No law requires this kind of effort. This comes from a desire to be a local leader with as much knowledge as can be obtained to put to work for the children and their communities.”
Established in 1936, KSBA is Kentucky’s largest voluntary association of local elected officials.