New York State School Boards Association

Kathleen McGrath named 2006 outstanding school board member


NEW YORK CITY—Kathleen McGrath of Brittonkill, a school board member since 1979, is the 2006 winner of the New York State School Boards Association’s top award for distinguished service.

 McGrath, a member of the Brunswick Board of Education, received the Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service from NYSSBA President Carl Onken Saturday, Oct. 28, at NYSSBA’s Annual Convention.

“Kathleen is soft spoken and outspoken about the children she represents,” said Onken. “On the eve of a new state administration, it’s fitting we honor a school board member who was communicating our message to elected officials long before lobbying for school children was popular.”

McGrath has served on various committees at Bunswick, including finance, policy, facilities, public relations, and superintendent searches. She chaired the building and grounds, and support services committees.  She has been a member of the Brittonkill Educational Foundation, which funds education programs above and beyond those required for the district.

McGrath was president of the Rensselaer County School Board Association and secretary of the Capital District School Boards Association. In both associations she focused on legislative activities.

McGrath has been a member of the New York State School Boards Association’s State Legislative Network and Federal Relations Network. In 2004 she was awarded the SLN Lifetime Advocacy Achievement Award for her work on behalf of public schools.

McGrath has also volunteered in her community for more than 50 years. Her activities have included the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, the PTA, Kiwanis Club, and the Brunswick Historical Society, of which she is a founder.

The NYSSBA Distinguished Service Award is presented each year to one current or former school board member among the thousands in the state who has done the most for public education and the children of his or her community.

For more than 100 years the New York State School Boards Association has provided advocacy, training and information to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state’s public schools.


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