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NATIONSBANK AND THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL EDUCATION BOARD SEEKING SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAMS IN TENNESSEE

 NATIONSBANK AND THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL EDUCATION BOARD
 SEEKING SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAMS IN TENNESSEE
 ATLANTA, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- NationsBank (NYSE: NB) and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) are looking for a few outstanding school leadership teams from across the state of Tennessee and the South who believe they have what it takes to raise student achievement and improve education for all kids.
 The region's largest banking organization and the nation's most experienced educational compact are seeking applications from school systems in the southern region interested in joining The SREB Leadership Academy and participating in the NationsBank A+ Awards for Excellence in Education program. The deadline for applications to the 1993 Leadership Academy class has been extended through December 1, 1992.
 School districts that take part in the program, established in 1990, receive a grant from NationsBank and participate in a five-year educational leadership development program.
 "We are working to build a model for school leadership training that can be replicated throughout the region and nation," said Alton C. Crews, director of the SREB Leadership Academy.
 "Through Leadership Academy seminars and on-site assistance from peer coaches, school leadership teams will strengthen their leadership skills to operate more effectively in today's rapidly changing educational environment."
 NationsBank committed $2 million in 1989 to SREB in support of the board's initiatives to improve public schools throughout the South. The 10-year project will honor a total of 12 winning teams from schools across the region. NationsBank, the country's fourth-largest bank, provided $1 million to support. The SREB Leadership Academy's program of seminars and on-site help. An additional $1 million was provided for awards to school districts that set improved student performance goals, develop measurable objectives and implement plans to achieve results.
 Four team winners were selected from nearly 150 applicants from 15 states in 1990. Glynn County Schools in Brunswick, Ga.; Carrollton- Farmers Branch Independent Schools in Carrollton, Tx; Forsyth County Schools in Winston-Salem, NC, and Richland County School District One in Columbia, SC, were award recipients. Four team winners will be selected this year. After the December 1, 1992, deadline, applications will not be accepted again until 1994.
 Each team, which is comprised of a superintendent, a school board member, an office assistant, a principal and a teacher, attends leadership training three times each year for five years.
 "Each team sets lofty goals and pledges to achieve those goals within five years," Crews said. "We have periodic updates and annual reports to determine if those goals are being met. Also, we provide an individual analysis of each team member's leadership skills.
 "Also, each team is assigned a local business liaison, who offers support in the form of marketing and developing contacts in the business environment -- both human and monetary resources."
 Larry Coble, superintendent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (NC) schools, called the NationsBank/SREB leadership program "stimulating, enlightening and encouraging.
 "The program has provided an opportunity for reflection and for the development of a vision for the 21st century. I am confident we are better equipped to bring leadership to our school system," Coble said.
 Hugh McColl, NationsBank chief executive officer, agrees with that plan.
 "Our schools can be better," McColl said. "That's something we can do about the future. We can demand better schools, and we can support better schools with our personal and corporate time and resources."
 "SREB has been fortunate to have had several corporate partners," Crews said. "But, we have never had a corporate partner enter into anything of this magnitude or potential impact."
 Interested school districts from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia must complete an application that provides basic demographic and educational information about the school system. The district must identify one to three significant, achievable goals to be met by 1997. The goals must relate to improved student performance and lend themselves to objective measurement.
 Application deadline is December 1, 1992. Applications may be obtained from:
 The SREB Leadership Academy
 592 Tenth Street, NW
 Atlanta, Ga. 30318-5790
 (404) 875-9211
 NationsBank Corporation is the fourth-largest banking company in the United States with $118 billion in assets and full-service offices in nine states and the District of Columbia.
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 /CONTACT: Jama Bowen, NationsBank, 615-749-3157, or John Norton, SREB, 404-875-9211/
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