State recognizes school board members for leadership skills
Former and current Oregon Trail School Board chairmen Terry Lenchitsky and DJ Anderson have been awarded for completing the Oregon School Board Association's (OSBA) Leadership Institute.
The institute consists of a series of in-house classes and workshops that teach and foster knowledge of boardmanship, state laws regarding education and how to best represent a board's community.
"It's a matter of gaining an appreciation of what the state does for us," Lenchitsky explained. "That leadership course is really great. OSBA is a great institution if you take advantage of what they have to offer."
Along with 30 other board members around Oregon, Lenchitsky and Anderson received bronze rewards on Nov. 11 at the association's 71st Annual Convention in Portland. The OSBA comprises 200 school, community college and education district boards of elected representatives.
"This award recognizes those local school board members whose volunteer service and dedication help create a better future for Oregon's children," OSBA's Executive Director Jim Green said in a release.
Lenchitsky retired from his Cottrell/Bull Run Zone 5 position on the Oregon Trail School District board in June after 30 years of service, championing career technical education.
"I'm really honored to be one of the recipients," Lenchitsky noted. "I miss the opportunity to (advise on) decisions for the kids, (but) I'm still a very strong advocate of vocational education."
Anderson has succeeded Lenchitsky as board chairman, and he has served the district in the South Sandy Zone 4 position for several years.
"I'm one of those guys who doesn't care much about a gold star on my forehead," Anderson said. "We miss Terry, (and) no one deserves this recognition more than Terry Lenchitsky. I just care about the district."