Katherine Patenaude, Chair of the Coventry School Committee, recently received a Distinguished Service Award from the National School Boards Association, for her outstanding commitment to public education through her school committee leadership and service on the local and national levels.
Kathy has been serving on the Coventry School Committee since 2002 and has been chair of that committee since 2008. She currently is President of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees (RIASC). She was also past president of the Rhode Island PTA.
In a letter to Ms. Patenaude, David Pickler, President of the National School Boards Association wrote, "Through your service, you have made a significant contribution to public education in your district and your state, and you have helped to increase respect for school boards across America. By your excellent work as a school committee member, you have helped to prepare students to become successful, contributing members of a changing, global society.