Dedicated School Board Members Recognized

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 18, 2016 / comments

[by Dina Gentry] At an awards ceremony on April 4, the El Dorado County School Boards Association (EDCSBA) recognized the outstanding contributions made by members who serve on county and district education boards. County Superintendent of Schools Ed Manansala, Ed.D. thanked all attendees for their contributions and remarked, "We are living in a time of pivotal change in education, and it's humbling to see the bold leadership and promise in this room." 

During the event, school districts county-wide programs were highlighted in a presentation designed by Larry Green, President of EDCSBA. He recognized the efforts of the awardees, teachers, administrators, staff, parents and community members towards educating El Dorado County children. “These deserving members of our community truly care about the schools in El Dorado County. Thousands of children have benefited from their contributions towards educating our students. We can be proud of the educational opportunities available in our county.” 

Awards were presented in five different categories:

Educational Statesmanship: Sean Frame, Placerville Union School District, is an advocate for public education in the community and was recognized for his efforts towards improving the educational experience for all students.

Leader in Boardsmanship: John Kahling, Pioneer Union School District, was honored for his valuable leadership and strong collaboration skills. To govern effectively, individual board members and the superintendent coalesce to ensure a high-quality education is provided to all students. 

Outstanding Community Member/Organization: The Van Gilder family (Camino Union School District); Gordon Vicini (Placerville Union School District); Tooraj and Adorea Agahi (Pollock Pines Elementary School District); Patty Eddie Zacapa (Rescue Union School District) were acknowledged for their contributions of time, financial support and assistance in delivering educational services. Members of the community realize that educating a child is, indeed, the business of everyone.

Dolores Garcia Memorial Spirit of Boardsmanship: Joetta Longtin, board trustee for Indian Diggings School District, was presented the award for her exemplary leadership, service, and advocacy on behalf of district students, educators, and families. The award was named after Dolores Garcia, a trustee on the El Dorado Union High School District Board from 1975 through 1983, and the El Dorado County Board of Education from 1996 until her passing in 2012.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Joetta Longtin of Indian Diggings School District and Ellen Driscoll of Rescue Union School District were recognized for the many contributions made to public education during long tenures as school district board members.