A former chair of Bristol’s Board of Education has been picked for the National Association of State Boards of Education’s Distinguished Service Award.
Beverly Bobroske, who logged 17 years on the city’s school board before she stepped down in 2003, has served for many years on the Connecticut State Board of Education.
“Beverly Bobroske’s dedication to educating the youth of Connecticut is without peer,” said Brenda Welburn, executive director of the national group.
“We are proud to honor her for her devotion to education as a teacher, her decades as a guidance counselor helping young people navigate their lives, and for her service on the state board, where her efforts touch the lives of students statewide,” Welburn said, according to a press release issued Friday.
Bobroske, who is retired, worked as a guidance counselor at Harry S. Fisher School in Plymouth for 27 years after putting in several years in the classroom as a teacher. She also served as a member and president of the Plymouth Education Association.
Bobroske was initially appointed to Bristol’s school board, but continued to serve after it became an elected panel until she opted to step down at the end of her term in 2003.
She served as president of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education from 2000 to 2003.
She has served on numerous education committees on the local, state and national level, including a long stint as a director of the Capitol Region Education Council and various leadership posts with the National School Board Association, including a stint on its board of directors.
Bobroske serves as chair of the technical high school committee of the state education panel, a post she used to help Bristol’s technical school survive closure threats this year.
Bobroske’s national award is given annually to a state board of education member to recognize outstanding service to public education.
The award was slated to be presented during the group’s national convention Friday evening in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The National Association of State Boards of Education represents America’s state and territorial boards of education. Its goal is to strengthen state boards as the leading educational policymaking bodies.
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