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Some of the awards earned in previous years are listed below :

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It's another Consecutive Golden Gavel Award for the Lockwood Board. Number 24!

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Lockwood School Board consisting of Tim Sather, Tamara Spillum, Sue Vinton, Caree Bernhart, Don Reed, Peter Freivalds, Jason Hamrick. They will be awarded the Golden Gavel Award. This is the 24th consecutive year that the Lockwood School Board has received this award. The award will be presented during the Opening General Session at MCEL on Thursday, October 17. The Golden Gavel Award is bestowed on those districts whose entire board became “Certified” in the same 12-month period.

Board member, Tamara Spillum, also was the recipient of the 2013 Marvin Heintz Award. Learn more about these awards here: Montana School Boards Association Awards

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They've Done It Again! Lockwood Board Wins 23rd Consecutive Golden Gavel Award!

The Golden Gavel Award is bestowed on those school districts whose entire board became "Certified" in the same twelve month period. This is the 23rd consecutive award for the Lockwood School Board of Trustees and is by far the most in the state of Montana. The members will receive their award at the Montana School Board Association meeting on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

Thanks you to the 2011-12 board members for representing our school in such a positive way! Those members included: Tim Sather, Tamara Spillum, Becky Malenowsky, Sue Vinton, Caree Bernhart, Don Reed, Jason Hamrick.

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It is Golden Gavel Award #22 for the Lockwood School Board

The 2010-2011 Lockwood School Board, consisting of Tim Sather, Tamara Spillum, Becky Malenowsky, Sue Vinton, Greg Bochy, Peter Freivalds and Jason Hamrick was awarded its twenty-second consecutive Golden Gavel Award. The award was presented during the Opening General Session of the MCEL on Thursday, October 20. The Golden Gavel Award is bestowed on those districts whose entire Board became "Certified" in the same 12-month period. This is the 22nd consecutive year that the Lockwood School Board has received this award.

Board Trustee Becky Malenowsky
Trustee Becky Malenowsky was presented the Marvin Heintz Award at MCEL. The Marvin Heintz Award is bestowed on those individuals who have reached the highest level of Trustee Certification through the School Board Academy Program for the training they have taken. Congratulations Becky!

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Lockwood School Board Receives it's 21st Consecutive Golden Gavel Award in 2010

Congratulations to the Lockwood School Board for their 21st consecutive Golden Gavel Award. This is a major commitment of time for the Trustees. Not only do they attend to all of the business in the district, but they must attend classes to receive this award. Every trustee on the Board must receive a minimum number of credits for this honor.

Lockwood School is very proud of Sue Vinton, Greg Bochy, Peter Freivalds, Jason Hamrick, Becky Malenowsky, Holly Sather and Tamara Spillum for their dedication to our educational community. Thank you for the time you give.

Lockwood School is The MSGIA FY11 Member of the Year 2010

The MSGIA FY11 Member of the Year focuses on:

  • Attention to details
  • Sound School District Planning
  • Strong leadership development
  • Life long learning for students, staff and their administration.

When it comes to school district risk management, the Lockwood Public Schools models its commitment to lifelong learning in its employees, school board and administrative team, as well as its students.

At the helm of the district is Superintendent Eileen Johnson. She is an outstanding visionary educational leader that has dedicated over 50 years to public education. The Lockwood school board and administrative team shares the commitment to life learning. The Lockwood school board has received the MTSBA golden gavel award for educational efforts for 21 consecutive years. The principals at Lockwood public schools (Mike Sullivan, Mike Bowman, and Dave DeBoer) all display a strong commitment on staff training and continued education. Each have regularly scheduled in-district risk management training for their staff to lower the occurrences of workplace accidents. The result has been a continual downward trending of the district's claim losses culminating with a experience medication factor below a 1.0.

The district recently completed a major multi-year construction project on a new middle school with many aspects of campus-wide plant and facility improvements and upgrades. The planning process for these years of campus disturbance was well spent. Work place accident trending went down through this process because of the administration and facility team's attention to safety details.

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Lockwood School BoardThe Lockwood School Board won their another Golden Gavel Award in October, 2010. This is a major commitment of time for the Trustees. Not only do they attend to all of the business in the district, but they must attend classes to receive this award. Every trustee on the Board must receive a minimum number of credits for this honor.

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*In October, 2008, the Lockwood School Board was awarded with their nineteenth Golden Gavel Award.

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Lockwood School Board Named Outstanding School Board in Montana

The Lockwood School Board was recognized as the Outstanding School Board in Montana at the annual Montana Conference of Education Leadership in October, 2007. One other school board, Monforton, shared the honor.

Over the years, the Lockwood Board has won 18 consecutive Golden Gavel awards from the Montana School Board Association, including the one they received in October 2007. This was just one of the criteria that lead to the board's selection. Among others were community partnerships, trustee training and education, board policy, facilities/grounds programs, board and administrative collaboration, personnel, community involvement and other examples of board excellence.

Lockwood board members include Sue Vinton, Teresa Stroebe, Tim Sather, Peter Freivalds, Greg Bochy, Jason Hamrick and Becky Malenowsky. Jason Hamrick commented in an interview, "Boards change, but the criteria are the same, and to get that kind of consistency, it's amazing."

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