The award will be given during the School Boards Association’s annual conference, which begins Sunday and will run through Wednesday.
Last year’s award went to county commissioners in Buncombe County, home to both Buncombe County Schools and Asheville City Schools. An article from November 2014 in Asheville’s Urban News said the commissioners there received the award for “increased local education spending, preserving numerous teacher and teacher assistant positions” and providing “funding for four new schools.”
The Rant hasn’t been able to find any public details about why the Lee commissioners were given the award this year, but for speculation’s sake we’ll guess that they could include moves to increase teacher pay and provide funding for school-related capital projects, and implied support for the school board’s plans to place a new elementary school at the site of the W.B. Wicker campus.