TAMPA –Gulf County School Board Member’s, Cindy Belin and Ruby Knox and Superintendent Jim Norton, joined over 400 school board members, superintendents, and education leaders attending the 74th FSBA/FADSS Annual Joint Conference, for a week of leadership development, networking, and ethics training.

This event, a joint planning effort of the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) and Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS), as well as the Florida Education Legislative Liaisons (FELL), Florida Education Risk Management Association (FERMA), Florida School Boards Attorney Association (FSBAA) and the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA) focused on public education as an economic driver.

Speakers included Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, economist Dr. Sean Snaith from the University of Central Florida, CEO of the Able Trust Tony Carvajal, and Barry Groom, incoming president for the Florida Realtors. In addition to keynote speakers and breakout sessions, the associations also conducted annual business meetings.

“Bringing together superintendents, school board members, and other education professionals from across the state results in an inspiring, dynamic, and energizing opportunity to collaborate on student achievement goals with laser-like focus. Our members are returning to their districts renewed in their commitment to ensure that all students are provided engaging learning environments which we know is the foundation for success,” commented FSBA Executive Director Andrea Messina.

“Attending the FSBA/FADSS Annual Joint Conference provides leadership development and opportunities to network with other school board members throughout the state,” commented Gulf District School Board Chair Cindy Belin.

The mission of FSBA is to increase student achievement through the development of effective school board leadership and advocacy for public education. Association members will next convene in January for the Annual Day in the Legislature, a Tallahassee advocacy event.