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|Angie Swiger wins state school board award|
December 29, 2013 –Montgomery, AL – Nearly 500 school board members from across the state attended the annual Alabama Association of School Boards Convention in Birmingham and celebrated the 2013 All-State School Board winners. They are Stephanie Walker of the Brewton, Gary Bonner of Tuscaloosa County, Laurie McCaulley of Huntsville, Willie Grissett of Escambia County and Angie Swiger of Baldwin County.
“When the job is so big, the journey is long and the final reward is in the distance, we sometimes can forget to celebrate the victories along the road,” said AASB Executive Director Sally Howell. “We need to celebrate our school board members’ successes and congratulate them for their commitment to becoming the best possible leaders for student achievement in Alabama.”(Angie Swiger, center, with award.)
The All-State School Board Member Recognition Program has for 22 years commended up to five past or present school board members across the state who have exhibited exemplary boardmanship and leadership skills. Howell said the recognition “is the highest honor AASB bestows.” The All-state winners are chosen by judges who are experienced school board members and who recognize the highest ideals of board service. The 2013 winners were honored at a Dec. 6 awards luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel.
Swiger, president of the Baldwin County Board of Education, has served on the AASB Bylaws Committee and has achieved Level 3 in the academy. A member of the Baldwin County school board since 2008, her nominators described her as an “exemplary board member.”
Superintendent Alan Lee, Ph.D., credits Swiger with being the visionary behind “career academies unique to the needs and interests in her district” and said she marshaled “corporate and government resources to provide students unbelievable and unprecedented opportunities to learn.” He also said Swiger is “an incredible advocate for students.”
Swiger is also active in her community. She is a member of the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Education Foundation, the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Dolphin Athletics Booster Club. She has been president of the Gulf Shores Middle School PTSO and Gulf Shores High School PTSO. She attends Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church and pursued a business marketing degree at Louisiana State University. She and her husband, David, own Swiger & Company Realtors.
The Dec. 5-7 convention featured general session speakers who discussed the 2013 theme The 3 R's: Ready. Resilient. Responsible. Training sessions addressed student poverty, teacher accountability, improving struggling schools, resilience through challenging times, education law, education funding and more.
The School Board Member Academy is the Alabama Association of School Boards’ “school” for school board members. Since 1949, AASB has served education leaders and the interests of local decision making in public education. The association’s mission is to develop excellent school board leaders through quality training, advocacy and services. Visit www.AlabamaSchoolBoards.org.