The Chairman of the Newport School Committee, Charles Shoemaker, has been named this year's recipient of the Howard Kay Award by the Rhode Island Association of School Committes.
The award is for a school committee member who has "exhibited outstanding leadership in public education," according to a release.
Shoemaker has been on Newport's school board for a decade and has focused on early childhood education and truancy during his tenure.
"Charlie has also exhibited dedication to ongoing professional development, as evidenced by his graduation from RIASC's leadership academy, and has accumulated over 75 hours of RIASC professional development," the release stated.
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and fellow school committee member Jo Eva Gaines presented the award to Shoemaker at RIASC's annual meeting on May 3 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Warwick.
Picture are Charles Shoemaker and his wife and granddaughter.