National convention

Forestry school leaders speak at the National Convention

District leaders from Forest Municipal Schools recently attended and were invited to participate in a content session at the National School Board Conference in San Diego, CA. Each year, school board members are required to complete hours of training and submit to the state to ensure that they stay current on policies, procedures, and their responsibilities as school board members.

The 2022 NSBA Annual Conference and Expo is the only national event that brings together education leaders to learn about best practices in governance, gain insight into child development, and discover new programs and technologies that can help enrich student learning. NSBA 2022 is one of the few — if not the only — places where school board members across the country can receive the training needed to meet the educational needs of students and improve the efficiency of district operations.

The conference was packed with speakers who delivered inspiring messages about equity and inclusion in schools. John Daymond, Founder and CEO of FUBU, Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and star of ABC’s Shark Tank was the conference’s keynote speaker. Liz Murray, co-founder and executive director of The Arthur Project was the closing keynote. Murray is the author and subject of a Lifetime movie called “Homeless to Harvard.”

“Murray’s message was inspiring as she shared how having a safe haven at school changed her life,” said FMSD Superintendent Dr. Karen Norwood. “She urged school board members to realize the importance of their work in creating equitable systems for all children in their district. In her case, she had no family or parents who stood up for her. She depended on the systems her local school had in place to provide her with what she needed to fulfill her dream of going to Harvard.

Dr. Norwood, Charles Longmire, Chairman of the FMSD Board of Directors, and Marcus Holbert, Deputy Superintendent of the FMSD, were the featured presenters for a content session titled “It’s Not Magic.. . It’s just communication.”

“Networking with other school district officials from across the country and also from Mississippi State was a highlight of the trip for me,” Holbert said. “Creating these partnerships and learning what works in other districts is important as we plan for the future of FMSD.”

“We are working very hard as we face uncharted waters as we navigate the normal issues we face day to day as well as the aftermath of COVID-19 and all the resulting federal and state dollars and warrants. says Norwood. “We are proud of the work we do at FMSD and will continue to make the needs of all children in our school district our first priority.”

“We are excited to represent our school district and our community in the national spotlight and to participate in sharing how to continue to improve our schools and be effective board members,” Longmire said.

FMSD School Board members Louvene Robinson and Mattye Evans also attended the professional learning conference.

FMSD Board members and their spouses/guests will also attend the school board’s regional conference in July in New Orleans as they embark on strategic planning for the upcoming school year. Although spouses/guests are welcome, their expenses are not paid by the school district. “Developing camaraderie and camaraderie among board members is an important part of developing collegiality and respect within a school board and conferences like these where we can spend time together outside the council chamber, are very important.” said Norwood.