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2019 Friend of The Council Award

Congratulations to the Julie M. Marlette, Director of Governmental Relations, New York State School Boards Assocation for being selected to receive the 2019  Friend of The Council Award. The award is given annually in recognition of a person's contribution to The Council and the field of education.

Julie was nominated because she has been a great ally for The Council. In the past session, she made exceptional efforts to gain approval for an increase in the District Superintendents’ salary cap. She arranged for groups of school board members to meet with the Governor’s staff on that issue and other topics of mutual concern. She and her staff have also generated many letters from school board members in support of those priorities. 

Throughout her time as NYSSBA’s Director of Governmental Relations, Julie has made it a consistent practice to seek The Council’s perspective on issues, to involve Council staff in meetings, and to assure we are apprised of issues of concern. We attempt to reciprocate. These efforts serve to increase the influence of both organizations and are especially valuable to The Council, given our smaller size.

This year’s award was sponsored by our Premier Silver Partner JASON Learning and presented at the 2019 Winter Institute & Lobby Day’s opening keynote session. 

The Selection Process

The Friend of The Council Award was created in 1996 and is presented at our Winter Institute each year. Nomination letters are written by members or by staff of The Council and sent by the first week of January, prior to the Winter Institute, for inclusion in the selection process.The Distinguished Service Committee, composed of current Council presidents and past presidents who are active superintendents, makes the final selection.

Read the list of past Friend of The Council award winners list here! 

If you would like to nominate a candidate for The Friend of The Council, complete the Award Nomination Form or email Deidre Hungerford, Associate Director for Business Development at deidre@nyscoss.org by January 6, 2020 with your recommendation. You can also call Deidre at (518) 694-4885 for more information.