06-16-2009 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #6

Malcolm Baldrige Recognition


Background on Baldrige:

On August 20, 1987, President Ronald W. Reagan signed the "Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987, establishing a program that many credit with making quality a national priority and helping revitalize the U.S. economy during the 1990s. Today, the Baldrige National Quality Program and the Baldrige Award recipients are imitated and admired worldwide. Nearly 40 states and many countries, including Japan, have programs modeled after Baldrige, such as the Sterling Award. In particular, the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence are widely used as an assessment and improvement tool. There are five categories in which to achieve the Baldrige Award; manufacturing companies, service companies, small businesses, education organizations, health care organizations and nonprofit organizations.

Governor's Sterling Award

In 2007, Brevard Public Schools was recognized as a winner of the Governor’s Sterling Award.  The Sterling Award is patterned after the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria and only given to organizations -in both the profit and non-profit sectors -who have demonstrated organization wide performance excellence and sustainability

Consistent with our values of relentlessly pursuing continuous improvements in our results and the processes that generate our results, BPS has recently submitted an application for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for the 2009 award cycle.  Since its inception, only 5 School Districts in the country have been received the Baldrige award with none having an enrollment greater than 25,000 students.

It should be emphasized that pursuing the Baldrige Award is much more than "winning an award".  Submitting an award is a very rigorous self-assessment process that helps us communicate across the organization and evaluate our progress towards organizational goals.  Even if we do not receive the Baldrige award, submitting an award application has valuable benefits.  Every applicant receives a detailed feedback report based on a rigorous evaluation conducted by a team of experts.  The feedback report will outline strengths and opportunities for improvements that can be utilized for further strategic planning purposes.  At this time, I would like to take an opportunity to recognize our Baldrige Application Team.  Please see attachment of the Baldrige Team and their responsibility.

Recognize specific employees for their dedication and contribution in submitted the Baldrige application.

Meeting Date(s)
Resolution / Presentation - 6/16/2009

Authority for Action
FS 1001.42

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

Cost Center


Attachment:  Baldrige Application Team Proposal.pdf