Boyd County Schools Superintendent Howard K. Osborne was one of two educators honored by the Kentucky School Board Association with its Kids First Advocacy Awards.
Nominated by board member Robert Green, Osborne received the honors during the KSBA Winter Symposium Dec. 1 in Lexington.
Green recalled their first meeting during the annual “March of the Lions’ Pride” academic celebration. “Twelve hundred students were marching around the football field to highlight academic achievement. Mr. Osborne had broken both legs in an accident and walked on crutches with our students. It was at that moment I decided to become a board member. He is a constant advocate for our children at the local, state and national level.”
Osborne has worked as an administrator in five school districts spanning 35 years, becoming Boyd County’s superintendent in 2005. He is well-known to legislators, not only those representing his specific district but also others in eastern Kentucky. His local advocacy is exemplified by the successful 2008 passage of a nickel facilities tax without opposition.
Passage of the tax was instrumental in financing the district’s new high school, which opens in January.
KSBA annually selects a state representative, state senator, a school board member and a superintendent for outstanding work for resources and beneficial laws and regulations for the state’s public schools and students. The legislative awards are presented during the session of the General Assembly.
Established in 1936, the Kentucky School Boards Association is the largest organization of elected officials in Kentucky. The nonprofit association provides a variety of support services to all 174 local school boards and school districts in the state.
The other award went to Anderson County school board member James Sargent.