New York State School Boards Association presents Queensbury with two Champions of Change awards

On Monday, April 11, Kathy Lewis from the New York State School Boards Association came to the April Queensbury Board meeting to present two Champions of Change awards to the district. 

The NYSSBA Champion for Change is a champion for children who fosters creative change that enriches educational opportunities and improves academic results.

The NYSSBA Awards Committee reviews submitted Champion for Change Award nomination forms based on the following:

    • The creativeness of the innovations
    • Evidence of the improvements to school district programs and operations
    • The ethical leadership skills employed by the candidate that lead to the ground-breaking changes
    • The extent to which the candidate’s recognition will inspire other school board members to make similar or even greater contributions. The winner should be a role model for future school board members.

On March 10, letters arrived to the district from NYSSBA naming two programs as deserving recognition: Damian Switzer’s decision to change the graduation dress code policy, and Amanda Breheny’s Clean Water Awareness Campaign Project. 

Below are photos from April’s school board meeting, where the awards were announced. 

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Teacher Amanda Breheny and QMS Principal Mike Brannigan accept the award from Kathy Lewis
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QHS Principal Damian Switzer with Kathy Lewis

Read more on the programs at these links:

Eighth grade students work to spread water awareness

QHS Graduation Ceremony Approved Regalia

Times Union article on QHS Graduation dress code