Application Process

Nominations are now open for the 2016-17 J. Russell Kent Exemplary Program Award. All districts are encouraged to submit nominations of outstanding programs. The awards will be presented in on May 22, 2017.


1. To be considered, programs must meet the following conditions:

2. Applications must be received and/or postmarked by JANUARY 23, 2017.

3. Categories:

4. Programs must be open to site visits during the months of February and March 2017.

5. Award categories: There is one award level. Please see the evaluation procedure #1 below and the enclosed scoring form regarding qualification for the award.


1. Each application must be submitted on the attached application form (or a copy of same) and must include:

2. All applications must be reviewed and signed by the superintendent and board president.

3. Send 2 paper copies of the completed applications to:  Chelsea Bonini at 338 Rolling Hills Avenue, San Mateo, CA  94403.  You may also send the application via email to


1. Entries will be scored according to the enclosed rubric. A committee selected by the Executive Board will do the paper evaluation screening.

2. Site visits during February and March 2017 will verify the information submitted.

3. The SMCSBA Executive Board will make a final review and applicants will be notified by letter or email whether or not they have received an award. The superintendent will be notified by letter of the status of his/her district’s application(s).

If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact Hilary Paulson at (650)568-9427 or via email at


Click here to download all 2017 documents as a zip file.

Kent Cover Letter 2017

Kent Application 2017


Kent Guidelines-2017

Emily Garfield Award 2017

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