An official from the Pennsylvania School Board Association presented Athens Area School District board of education vice president Karen Whyte with the organization's Master School Board Member recognition at Tuesday's board meeting.

By receiving the award, Whyte, who has served on the board since 1999, has demonstrated effective governance, a commitment to public education and a consistent record of excellence in service, said Tom Templeton, PSBA assistant executive director.

The PSBA has issued the Master School Board Member designation for the past five years, Templeton said. School board members across the state are encouraged to apply and undergo "a rigorous application protocol" and a peer review process, he said.

"This wouldn't have been possible without the district that I work for," Whyte told board members Tuesday. "I think we're all in this together, and we try to do a good job."

Superintendent Diane Place also issued certificates of appreciation to each board member Tuesday in honor of School Director Recognition Month.

Place said that the district's nine board members are knowledgeable, hardworking volunteers that "care deeply about public education."

Board members Tuesday also approved a calendar for the 2013-14 school year, agreed to the elimination of one paraprofessional aide position at Athens Area High School and the addition of two part-time paraprofessional aide positions at Lynch-Bustin Elementary School and approved the district's updated facilities request form and procedures.

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