The award is presented annual to a current or former board of education member who has displayed outstanding contributions to public education and children in their community. This award reflects their efforts to improve and enhance public education and the lives that they affect daily through school board service.
This year, the board of directors of the Genesee Valley School Board Association named Mary Ann Holden of Dansville and the late Timothy Anderson as recipients of the 2021 award.
Anderson and Holden are true examples of service and dedication to their communities, officials said.
Anderson, who died April 4 at age 58 following a long battle with an aggressive brain cancer, had served on the board of education at Caledonia-Mumford Central School District for 12 years. First elected in 2009, he was an advocate for his school, community, and students. Anderson was also a member of the Town of Caledonia Board, the Recreation Committee.
He was an umpire for youth sports, and statistician for the Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen football and girls’ basketball programs. Anderson was inducted into the Genesee Valley Umpires Association Hall of Fame in 2020. He was also a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus which served the St. Martin De Porres Parish.
Often seen at sporting events, awards ceremonies and theatrical performances, Anderson showed that he cared deeply about the students and staff in his school and community, Association officials said.
Anderson also served on many school board committees and attended many area meetings and events.
Holden has been a tireless, dedicated Dansville citizen for many years as she has served on many community boards, Association officials said.
She has been on the Dansville School Board since 2002 and for the past 16 years has served as president. She is also a past Genesee Valley BOCES Board of Education member.
Holden’s commitment to public education has led her to be involved in many board committees as well as GVSBA programs. Holden’s expertise in district finances, according to the Association, has led to the fiscal security of Dansville Central Schools, and passage of a $9.6 million school budget and an $8.2 million capital project less than one year apart.
Holden is a trustee of the Dansville Public Library. She sits on the local planning board and is an active member of the Holy Family Catholic Community.
A supporter of the families and children in Dansville, Holden has shown that she is always ready, willing, and able to make tough decisions for her community. Her leadership has provided a solid foundation for the district, proving that she is indeed a well-respected, well-spoken and integral part of the total Dansville community, the Association said in a news release.
The award is named for Albert W. Hawk, a longtime advocate for rural schools, and a member of both the Dansville Central Schools and the Genesee Valley BOCES Board of Education. Hawk also chaired many state and national school board committees and served as president of the New York State School Boards Association.