You don't do it for the recognition, though it sure can be nice when it happens.
TASB and other associations have programs to recognize boards and individual trustees who set an example for their peers. Take a moment to notice the boards who have earned these honors, and think about what your board can do to get there.
Good Governance Matters
TASB's Board of Directors created the Good Governance Matters program to recognize boards that hit all the marks in effective leadership and district achievement. A Texas Lone Star article (pdf) can tell you more.
TASA School Board Awards Program
The Texas Association of School Administrators School Board Awards Program names Honor Boards and an Outstanding School Board each year at the TASB/TASA Convention. (TASB reciprocates with the Superintendent of the Year Award.)
Each year, the American School Board Journal recognizes great school district leadership nationwide with the Magna Awards. Read about the 2010 honorees.