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Cypress School District Trustee earns Masters in Governance certificate

Bonnie Peat, Trustee in the Cypress School District, has successfully completed the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Masters in Governance program. This accomplishment signifies mastery of the roles and responsibilities of school boards and a strong understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to build and support an effective governance structure.

As a retired executive, Mrs. Peat understands the importance of strong leadership. She has been a member of the Cypress School District Board of Trustees since December 2018 and was elected by her fellow Trustees to serve as Board President for the 2021 year. In addition to her Board service, Mrs. Peat is also the President of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Cypress and is an active volunteer in the local community. “Trustee Peat is committed to ensuring a high-quality education for each and every student. Completion of the Masters in Governance program demonstrates her commitment to learning, leadership, and effective governance,” said Anne Silavs, Cypress School District Superintendent.

“Completing the Masters in Governance program reinforced my understanding of my role as a Board Member within the Cypress School District,” said Mrs. Peat. “Our students have always been our priority and, as a governance team, we need to ensure we focus on the long-term strategy for the district while supporting our superintendent and her staff in how it gets implemented. It’s basic, but has proven to be very effective in achieving our mission within the Cypress School District to Inspire and Empower Every Student, Every Moment, for Every Opportunity.”

Since its inception in 1998, more than 3,000 board members and superintendents have participated in the highly acclaimed certification program. To receive the Masters in Governance certificate, candidates must complete 35 hours of intensive training on the role of the governance team in setting the direction of the district, student learning and achievement, school finance, human resources, policy and judicial review, collective bargaining, and community relations and advocacy.

“As a recent graduate of the Masters in Governance program, I can attest to the rigor of the program and know that trustees who earn their MIG certificate have gained valuable skills and knowledge that will support student learning, equity, and a positive school climate in their districts,” said CSBA President Susan Heredia. “Congratulations to all the 2021 graduates – the next few years will require strong governance leadership skills to lead schools into a new era of learning.”

CSBA is a nonprofit education association representing nearly 1,000 K-12 school districts and county offices of education throughout California.

This article was released by the Cypress School District.