OSSBA recognizes CKTC Board Member Dustin Tackett for his outstanding contributions to education.
Fort Cobb, OK – September 14, 2015 – The Oklahoma State School Boards Assocation recently awareded six school board members and an Oklahoma City church for their outstanding contributions to public education at the state’s largest gathering of school board members and administrators.
The OSSBA annually names five members to its All-State School Board, selects one board member for its Distinguished Service Award and honors one nominee with its Barbara Lynch Community Partner Award. One of the All-State School Board Members also is selected for the Buddy Spencer Leadership Award, honoring a board member who has shown particular leadership at the local and/or state level.
This year, Caddo Kiowa Technology Center’s Board Member Dustin Tackett was named an All-State School Board winner and was also selected for the Buddy Spencer Leadership Award. This accolades resulted in CKTC receiving a check for $600 and another for $400.
School board members and superintendents throughout the state make nominations, and a committee from the OSSBA’s board of directors selects the winners. The OSSBA presented the honorees with their awards at the annual Oklahoma State School Boards Association/Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration conference at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
“OSSBA is honored to recognize these school board members, whose dedicated service to the children in their communities will have a lasting impact,” said Shawn Hime, OSSBA’s executive director. “We’re also thrilled to recognize the efforts of Emmaus Baptist Church for its incredible support of Moore Public Schools the last few years.”
Six school board members and an Oklahoma City church were honored Saturday for their outstanding contributions to public education at the state’s largest gathering of school board members and administrators.
During his 11 years on Caddo Kiowa Technology Center’s Board of Education, Dustin Tackett’s leadership and service have helped the technology center meet the changing needs of the community and the students it serves.
During Tackett’s board service, CKTC began offering more college credit hours; improved facilities; increased high-tech, high-wage courses; opened a community-wide storm shelter; and increased partnerships with area colleges, universities and school districts. Superintendent Dennis Ruttman describes Tackett as focusing equally on “visionary policy change and remaining grounded in traditional, consistent beliefs.”
Ruttman said Tackett’s leadership was instrumental in the formation of the Washita Valley Regional Economic Development group, which led to the Caddo Kiowa Business Development Center and Business Incubator.
“He is an advocate for school improvement and has led the board for several years and given CKTC the support to be the very best it can be,” Ruttman said. “He constantly encourages the district to find ways to offer more and to serve more of the district’s population.”
Tackett has also been a statewide leader in education through his involvement as a director for the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. Tackett served as the association’s president in 2013 and leads the association government relations committee.
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