Wayne Blair, vice chair of the Rutherford County School Board, has earned his Master School Board Member status making him one of only four to receive the honor this year in Tennessee.
Also known as the Level V Boardmanship Award, it is the highest level a School Board member can reach and is awarded to those who invest time and effort into becoming a more informed and valuable member of the governing body.
Blair attributes his earning to a great team.
“I’ve been given a lot of pats on the back lately, and really, these types of awards, you don’t earn by yourself,” Blair said. “You have to have a tremendous director of schools, school board members you work well with, and professional administrators, educators and staff members.”
While Blair’s approach was humble, Aaron B. Holladay, a School Board member, praised his constant ambition to move Rutherford County schools forward.
“His performance is outstanding and particularly his interest in the Tennessee legislative network,” Holladay said. “He not only informs the Rutherford County School Board, but the whole district about legislative topics that are being debated in Nashville and how they will impact the school system.”
Chairman Terry Hodges also boasts the prestigious award, and Holladay said that is something Rutherford County should be proud of.
“It is particularly unique for a School Board to have two level five board members,” Holladay said. “They are a credit to our county and absolutely our board.”
Blair said community, which was clear as attendants and board members clapped, made this award possible.
“I get to have my name on it, but we all earned this together,” Blair said. “I’m so grateful for all of the support.”