Walton County School Board Chair Kim Kirby was recognized for earning the Certified Board Member distinction by the Florida School Boards Association at a recent school board meeting.

To earn this distinction board members must complete 96 hours of voluntary professional development, focused on building a strong foundation in the content areas of school finance, policy governance, personnel and bargaining, advocacy, state/federal legislative processes, and boardsmanship.

“The program’s 96 hours of training are designed to help board members develop valuable leadership skills,” said FSBA Executive Director and former CBM recipient Andrea Messina. “We believe school board members who earn the Certified Board Member distinction have a positive and lasting impact on their school boards.”

Kirby is very involved in the community and presently serves on the board of directors for Grit & Grace Inc. and leads a bereaved parent support group in Walton County.

“The professional development forums provided by FSBA are some of the best I have ever been a part of,” Kirby said. “I am committed to being a well informed and educated board member to help ensure my part in fulfilling the school district’s mission of ‘Preparing the whole child for a life of success’.”