Boone County Schools Earn First Place Honors in 2012 Magna Awards
Boone County Schools have been selected as a first place winner in the American School Board Journal's (ASBJ) 18th annual Magna Awards program.
Boone County Schools were honored in the 5,000 to 20,000 enrollment category. Concerned that the percentage of overweight and obese students was rising, the district launched Boone 4 Health, a student-led initiative that encourages people of all ages to become healthier. More than 200 community members participated in the kick-off event. The baseline fitness screening included push-ups, sit-ups, and a quarter mile run/walk. School Based Decision Making Councils are refining or creating wellness policies and food services staff members are revising their menus. Boone County students are dedicated to their efforts to model and publicize the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
The Magna Awards recognize districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. The Magna Awards are supported by Sodexo School Services. Each of the grand prize-winning school districts will receive $4,000 in scholarship money during a special presentation at the National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Annual Conference, to be held April 21-23 in Boston.
"The Magna Awards exemplifies strong school board leadership, creativity, and commitment to student achievement in public education," said Anne L. Bryant, ASBJ's Publisher and Executive Director of NSBA. "This year's Magna Awards recipients truly showcase the best practices and innovative school programs that are advancing student success."
ASBJ initiated the Magna Awards 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 300 submissions. This year's nominations came from 44 states.
In addition to the ASBJ supplement, the district's winning entry will be posted on the Magna Awards website and added to the program's searchable best practices database. Both can be found at www.asbj.com/magna