LANSING — Having completed more than 1,000 educational credits and surpassing six other levels of recognition from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), former longtime Baldwin Community Schools Board of Education member Judith Eversole was awarded the MASB’s President’s Award of Recognition.

To receive the honor, Eversole completed levels one through six of MASB certification, 29 advance level classes and 1,383 educational credits.

“I’ve worked with school boards and public schools for more than 15 years and am always in awe at the commitment of so many members. The time they spend being servant leaders and honing their skills are second to none,” MASB Executive Director Kathy Hayes said in a release. “Schools are under exceptional pressure to be innovative and reinvent the way they deliver education. Training equips them with the tools necessary to make the best decisions for Michigan’s school children.”

School board members around Michigan earned awards in the past year from the MASB for their efforts to improve their leadership skills and their ongoing development of expertise related to governance of public schools. Demonstrating their commitment to student achievement and their own continuous improvement, the awarded school board members have gone beyond what many do to serve their communities, districts and students. Awards are earned for classes completed in MASB’s leadership training program, as well as for conference attendance, years of service and leadership activities.

Last year more than 1,000 school board members statewide participated in MASB’s professional development program for elected school leaders. Collectively, school board members spent about 7,000 hours attending board training courses in the traditional classroom setting, and another 864 hours in the online setting.

To achieve Level 1 and become “certified,” board members receive 30 hours of classroom training in subjects ranging from school law and finance to community and labor relations. Higher levels of recognition require even more coursework, service and leadership responsibilities.