2022 Guidelines for the Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service

The New York State School Boards Association's Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service is presented annually to a current or former school board member, who, in the judgment of the NYSSBA Awards Committee, should be recognized for outstanding contributions to public education and children in his or her own school district.

How Candidates Are Evaluated

The NYSSBA Awards Committee will review submitted nomination forms based on the following:

  • A School Board Member from a school district or BOCES that is currently a NYSSBA member.
  • The quality and quantity of the candidate's contributions to public education.
  • 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 school board members.
  • Validation through (3) three submitted Letters of Recommendation, one of which must be from the district’s Superintendent.


Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

To ensure objectivity, NYSSBA Awards Committee members may not nominate candidates. All present and former school board members, belonging to current NYSSBA member school districts, are eligible. Current members of NYSSBA's Board of Directors are excluded from the nomination. However, past members who have been off the board at least three years may be nominated.

The form must include a resolution of a member board of education nominating the candidate for the award. See box below for sample resolution:

Sample Board Resolution
Motion made by John Doe, seconded by Betty Jones:
That the Board of Education of the ABC School District hereby nominates Jane Smith of the
Suburban Board of Education for the Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service.
Carried X-X.

If the NYSSBA Awards Committee is unable to select a candidate from those nominations received, because the committee concludes no candidate meets the award’s standards, no award will be presented.

The NYSSBA Awards Committee will review the nominations in July. The DSA award will be presented during NYSSBA’s 2022 Annual Convention in Syracuse October 27-29, 2022, at a time to be determined.

For any questions regarding this application or the process, please contact Patrick Longo, NYSSBA Member Relations at patrick.longo@nyssba.org , or 518.366.0290.


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