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Derby BOE receives CABE Leadership Award

Derby Board of Education receives CABE Board Leadership Award.
Posted on 10/26/2021

The Derby Board of Education and  Superintendent Dr. Conway have been recognized by the Connecticut 
Association of Boards of Education for exhibiting the most effective leadership, characterized by 
their ability to work together as a “team.”

The CABE Board Recognition Awards are designed to recognize boards which provide effective 
leadership to their districts through the use of good practices. This program acknowledges the 
importance of school board members and superintendents working together as effective teams 
continues an important trend among school boards associations across the country.

CABE Board Leadership Award - Level Two includes 21 items in the area of Leadership/Student 
Achievement, Board Member Professional Development, Policy, Community Relations and Organizational 
Leadership, and boards need to fulfill at least 15 of these items to qualify.

Conway stated, “This is the tenth year in a row that the Derby Board of Education has been 
recognized, and the eighth time they are receiving the top award.  The recognition speaks to the 
Board’s level of commitment and drive to achieve even higher goals and results.  Year over year 
they demonstrate an extremely high level of commitment to our staff, our kids and this family.  
This year was a year like no other as they guided us through the pandemic, successfully; we are 
truly fortunate for their incredible support.”

Board Chairman, Jim Gildea stated, “The Board of Education is excited to once again learn that we 
have been honored by CABE as a Board of Distinction.  It is an honor to serve with a group of hard 
working and dedicated public servants whose only goal is to support the school system in ensuring 
that we provide our children the best education possible.  In all the countless hours spent 
volunteering over the course of weeks, months and years, we have always come together as a unit to 
work in harmony in ensuring that we put the students of the Derby school system first in all 

The award will be presented to the Board and Superintendent Conway at the
CABE/CAPSS Annual Convention on November 12, 2021.
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