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Sargent board member honored

Posted: Thursday, Jul 25th, 2013

MONTE VISTA—The Colorado BOCES Association honored a Sargent School board member as an All-State Board Award winner.

Margie Diaz was nominated for the award by Nita McAuliffe, executive director of the San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Service in Colorado. McAuliffe noted skills Diaz has demonstrated while serving on the Sargent School Board and with the BOCES. In her recommendation letter McAuliffe said her leadership and collaborative efforts have helped Sargent and the 14 schools of the local BOCES.

Two other Valley board members have received the award in previous years and Diaz said she is, “honored to be part of that group.”

The award was presented at the BOCES Banquet and Awards Program held on July 8 in Glenwood Springs. Diaz attended the ceremony with Sargent Superintendent Steven Marantino.

Diaz has served on the Sargent School Board for four years and the BOCES for three. She has lived in the area all of her life, even graduating from Sargent school. Along with her husband, Segundo, she has farmed in the area. The couple raised four boys, all of whom graduated from Sargent.

Members of the school board are not paid for their time or effort. Diaz serves as the secretary on the school board and is the chair of the BOCES. She has also been the treasurer and vice chair. In those positions she works to manage finances, personnel and more. The BOCES works to develop policies, educational planning, staffing and managing fiscal resources. They also communicate with the public and serve as a court of appeals for students, staff and the public.

McAuliffe said, in a phone interview, “Margie is just a good leader.” She appreciates the way Diaz leads silently and calmly. She approaches things in a strategic way. Diaz continues to advocate for her school and understands “we’re all better together,” said McAuliffe.

John Pavlicek, Sargent Elementary principal noted the excitement Diaz held for her position and her ability to listen.

Marantino said, “We’re just real proud of her.” Marantino believes Diaz has earned her award and that it is an “honor to have someone like Margie serving our kids.”

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