By NEESEY PAYNE
His service to the community is driven by his love for seeing children learn, grow and prosper into a product of which Pulaski County can be proud. For exhibiting exemplary leadership and service to the school system and community, Pulaski County School Board Vice-Chairman Jeff Bain has received the Golden Apple Award.
At a recent school board session, Bain didn’t know he was in for a surprise. He and his fellow board members were asked to come forward, as well as Bain’s family. Bain, with a shocked look on his face, wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
Along with a Golden Apple Award certificate, Bain was presented with a plaque that will hang permanently in the board room for his service as president of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA).
“During his unprecedented two terms (as VSBA president), Mr. Bain presided over a great number of changes within the organization. These changes resulted in improved membership services, a deeper level of advocacy at the federal, state and local levels, and efforts to further collaborate and reach out to other national and state-wide education organizations,” said Dr. Thomas Brewster, superintendent.
Bain was also honored for being an ambassador for Pulaski County Public Schools as a member of the National School Boards Association, and his participation in the 2011 Southern Administrators International Seminar to Cambodia and Vietnam.
“We are proud of his long-standing 17 years of service to the students of Pulaski County Public Schools,” Brewster said.
Bain’s wife, Susan, was also presented a floral arrangement in show of appreciation.
“This is such an honor,” said Bain. “It was always an opportunity for me to brag on Pulaski County and how well we do things.”