Florence Johnson named 2014 Presidentís Award recipient

FOR RELEASE: November 7, 2014

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Florence Johnson, who recently retired from the Buffalo Board of Education, has been awarded the 2014 President’s Award by the New York State School Boards Association.

The President’s Award is the highest honor NYSSBA bestows on a person or entity that has had a significant positive impact on public education.

“Florence has put kids at the front and center of every decision she has made as a school board member,” said NYSSBA President Lynne Lenhardt. “I value her commitment to students and I value her compassion.”

For 20 years, Johnson served on the Buffalo Board of Education and was president from 2004 to 2007. She served on all standing committees of the board and has also served since 1993 as the Conference of Big 5 School Districts’ representative on the Commissioner’s Advisory Council of School Board Members.

“Her commitment to education went way beyond Buffalo,” added Lenhardt. “She wanted to help students across the entire state succeed.”

During her acceptance speech Johnson said, “I am indeed thankful and humbled by being presented with this President’s Award.  I accept it proudly on behalf of all board members who truly put children first in their advocacy and service, who work hard to provide an equal opportunity for all children to learn and grow to their fullest potential.”

Listed in Who’s Who in American Education, Johnson was also named to the list “10 of the Most Powerful Western New York Women” by Buffalo Spree Magazine in 2006. She was inducted into the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007 for her lifelong dedication to improving the living environment and educational opportunities of urban children.

Johnson will continue to serve on the NYSSBA Board of Directors until the end of this year.   She was president of NYSSBA from 2010 to 2011.

Johnson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the State University College at Buffalo.

She was honored during the NYSSBA's 95th Annual Convention in New York City.

You can download the following link for a photograph of Johnson:


About NYSSBA: The New York State School Boards Association represents more than 650 school boards and more than 5,000 school board members in New York. NYSSBA provides advocacy, training, and information to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state's public schools.

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