For Dedicated Service to Public Education
President David Ray deserves this award because he is an exceptional leader who fiercely advocates for public education, this community and, most importantly, all students. After two tumultuous years of school board rife with conflict and dysfunction, Ray leads the Douglas County Re-1 School Board through fairness, patience, and kindness. He uses research-based organizational structures to support, connect and develop the Board team. He has provided experts for training and has served as a skilled facilitator for tough conversations, managing a variety of viewpoints to arrive at a consensus.
During Ray's short tenure as president, he has successfully guided the district through a new superintendent hire, defined board goals that will advance the District's strategic plan, and placed a bond and mill levy override measure on the ballot. He is a leader who doesn't advertise his strengths, but those who spend time with him quickly come to discover they are many!