Greenville school board member Rasmussen honored


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:02 am on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Norice Rasmussen, right, received the Award of Merit from the Michigan Association of School Boards during Monday night’s Montcalm County School Board Association (MCSBA) membership meeting. Rasmussen was presented the award by Janet Ralph, Greenville Public Schools Board of Education president and MCSBA president. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — Greenville Public Schools (GPS) Board of Education Vice President Norice Rasmussen has earned an Award of Merit from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB).

Rasmussen was honored Monday night during the Montcalm County School Board Association membership meeting.
She received the award because of her efforts to improve her leadership skills, demonstrating her commitment to student achievement and her own continuous improvement, according to Jennifer Rogers in a press release from MASB.

“I was completely surprised,” said Rasmussen of finding out she was receiving the award.

She said she continues to go to educational classes and seminars to grasp a better understanding of what is going on in the educational world and to be informed on important issues.

Thirty hours of classroom training is required for a board member to achieve a level one certified board member award. These subject range from school law, finance, community and labor relations. As a board member achieves higher recognition, more coursework, service and leadership is required.

“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,” MASB Executive Director Kathy Hayes said. “The time they spend being servant leaders and honing their skills are second to none. 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.”

Rasmussen said she is not the first GPS school board member to receive this honor and some members have advance to even higher levels. Some members, such as herself, are still new to the board, while others are more experienced.

During board meetings, Rasmussen said she can ask questions of other members who are more knowledgeable and see a side of a situation she had not seen before.

“We have a wonderful mix (of board members),” she said of the GPS school board. “GPS has an excellent staff.”

Rasmussen said she is very honored to have received the Award of Merit from the MASB.

“It is my responsibility as an elected official to be informed,” Rasmussen said. “(The seminars and classes are) well worth the investment, time and energy.”

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