Baldwin school board members receive statewide awards

Baldwin Community Schools board trustee Shawn Ware (left) and board president Mary Martin (right) are pictured with Jill Fennessy, president of the Michigan Association of School Boards.

Baldwin Community Schools board trustee Shawn Ware (left) and board president Mary Martin (right) are pictured with Jill Fennessy, president of the Michigan Association of School Boards.

Courtesy of Baldwin Community Schools

BALDWIN — Baldwin Community Schools board president Mary Martin and trustee Shawn Ware were recently honored by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) for their continued commitment to student achievement and leadership.

Martin and Ware received the MASB awards April 14 at the spring banquet of the West Shore Area School Board Association. Superintendents and board of education members of the districts within West Shore ESD attended the event.

“Mary and Shawn are truly dedicated to supporting the students and staff at Baldwin Community Schools reach their full potential, and we applaud them for this well-deserved recognition,” superintendent David Forrester said. “We appreciate the time Mary and Shawn have spent in addition to their regular board duties to take part in MASB trainings and professional development as part of their mission to make Baldwin an excellent place to learn and achieve.” 

MASB recognizes school board members throughout Michigan for working to improve their leadership skills, demonstrating their commitment to student achievement and their own continuous improvement. Awards are earned for classes completed in MASB's leadership training program, as well as for conference attendance, years of service and leadership activities.

Martin received the Level 4 MASB Master Boardmember Award. To receive the Level 4 Master Boardmember Award, individuals must complete the previous three levels, nine advanced classes and 368 education credits.

Ware received the MASB Master Diamond Award and the MASB Data Specialist Award. To receive the Data Specialist Award, board members must complete classes such as District Strategic Planning and Goal Setting, Teacher Effectiveness and Student Achievement, Data Foundations and others. The Master Diamond Award is a Level 5 award, which consists of completing the previous four levels, 14 advanced classes and at least 528 education credits. 

“I’ve worked with school boards and public schools for more than 20 years and am always in awe of the commitment of so many members,” MASB executive director Don Wotruba said. “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 schoolchildren. The time they spend being servant leaders and honing their skills is second to none.”