Board member goes above and beyond local service

Nelson County Board of Education member Diane Berry has been elected to the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) Board of Directors as a Director at Large.

Her election became formal when it was ratified during the KSBA’s annual meeting in February.

Berry is in her second term of service on the Nelson County Board and represents the board’s Second District. She also serves on the Kentucky Department of Education Local School Board Members Advisory Council.

Diane Berry

Diane Berry

Berry grew up in Nelson County and is a graduate of the county school system. She and husband, Ted, have two daughters, both of whom are also graduates of the county school system. A grandmother, Berry spent the majority of her working career in various accounting disciplines and worked in the Nelson County School System for 15 years.

As a board member, she has availed herself of advanced training delivered through the KSBA Academy of Studies. So far, she has been awarded certificates of training in school leadership by achieving a Level I Certificate of Basic Studies and a Level II Certificate of Advanced Studies.

Kentucky law mandates hours of select training based on each board member’s years of service. The lower levels of KSBA’s Academy of Studies include courses such as the board’s role, school finance, superintendent evaluations and facilities planning.

As a board member advances in the five-step certification process, the courses become less general and more specific to issues such as evaluating the board’s own effectiveness, doing advanced budget planning, becoming better advocates for children and grasping their board’s responsibilities in school and student assessment and accountability, according to information provided by KSBA.

“This achievement indeed is noteworthy because it represents an individual commitment to go beyond what Kentucky law requires to become a better local leader,” said KSBA President Allen Kennedy, a member of the Hancock County Board of Education.