Pictured above, front row from l. to r.: Jill Ramsey, PCSS School Board member; Kim Cravens, Chair of PCSS School Board. Second row from l to r: Kerry Ledbetter, PCSS School Board member; Dr. Dawn Fry, Vice-Chair of PCSS School Board; and Director of Schools Corby King. Third row from l to r.: Sharon Reid, executive assistant to PCSS director of schools and school board; Lynn McHenry, Past Chair of PCSS School Board and David McCormick, PCSS School Board member. Photo provided.

Putnam County – The Putnam County School Board attended the annual Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA) Conference recently in Nashville to continue hearing conversations on key topics and legislation that is impacting Tennessee public education today, and learning how to lead as school board members.

Jill Ramsey and Kerry Ledbetter, Putnam County’s newest school board members, enjoyed their first TSBA conference. Ramsey said the conference was insightful.

“I have been a part of public education for over 30 years and attending this conference through the lens of a board member was incredibly insightful and gave me a different perspective,” said Ramsey. “I also walked away motivated and encouraged. The keynote speaker, Dr. Rick Rigsby, said, ‘leadership is influence – expand your influence.’ Own your mistakes and have a growth mindset. We can all benefit from this. I really enjoyed the time with fellow board members. We are blessed to have good, solid school board members in Putnam County. I am blessed to be a part of this group.”

Director of Schools Corby King understand the importance of growth in leadership.

 “It is our jobs as leaders of the school system to stay up-to-date with what is happening in public education,” said King. “It also our responsibility to continue to learn how to lead. The TSBA’s annual conference is informative as well as a time to reflect on what is happening in Putnam County. I am grateful for the Putnam County school board. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and I am excited to lead alongside them in our school district.”

A statewide nonprofit organization, the Tennessee School Boards Association, is a federation of all the state’s school boards. TSBA’s mission is to assist school boards in effectively governing school districts. Through the years, TSBA has helped school boards and their members reach their highest potential through Association programs, meetings, and services. TSBA also provides school board members with a collective voice in matters of legislation and public education concerns. For more information about TSBA, visit our website at:www.tsba.net.

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