Laurie Bashforth Walton has been honored at local, state and national
levels for her achievements during her 36 years as a professional
Her most recent position from which she retired earlier this year was
the Schools/Community Relations and Community Education Director for the
Boone County Schools, the third largest and fastest growing district in
the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She was responsible for marketing and
communication efforts to engage all stakeholders in partnership with Boone
County Schools in Achieving Excellence Together. Reporting directly to the
superintendent of the county school district, she oversaw communications,
public and community relations, media, legislative and event functions as
well as directed efforts to engage parents, decrease summer learning loss
and promote service and life-long learning. Her promotion of individual
and district successes has yielded her district a plethora of awards and
recognition venues ranging from the classroom to the national level.
In charge of strategic planning and implementation for major events,
Walton also guided Boone.s ongoing efforts to identify, cultivate and
strengthen relationships with key constituents of the district and
provided communication counsel to the organization.s administration and
staff on district initiatives and issues.
The chief architect of the district.s model legislative efforts, she was
instrumental in the related grassroots roll-out of the Northern Kentucky
Education Action Team. Passionate about the significance of the Boone
County Education Foundation to the students of Boone County, she
contributed to all aspects of The Foundation, including fundraising,
marketing and communications. An accomplished fundraiser, her bold
approach and enthusiasm have resulted in unprecedented district efforts in
The Foundation.s Math Uniting Science and Technology, United Way and Fine
Arts Fund campaigns. A big believer in community and community
partnerships, Walton has been an outspoken advocate for BEST, Northern
Kentucky Chamber.s Business Education Success Team imitative. Her
diligence within the Boone schools attracted the attention of the chamber
and garnered a three-year chairmanship of the BEST Committee. This role
gave her the opportunity to implement successful partnership strategies
throughout the region and highlight best practices.
Other positions she held during her 27 years with the Boone schools were
Achievement Gap Coordinator, Gifted Resource Specialist and Middle School
Science Department Head. Her passion for life-long learning is reflected
in the award-winning community education program she directed, featuring
the state.s first on-line registration, with a mission to expand the role
of schools beyond the normal school day to provide a broad spectrum of
life-long learning opportunities for stakeholders at all ages.
Walton earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Asbury College in
Wilmore, KY and a Master.s degree in Elementary Education from Xavier
University in Cincinnati, OH, where her studies continued, earning Gifted
Education, Supervision of Instruction and Principal.s Certification.
Her professional involvement has resulted in an impressive history of
achievements. She is recognized for her success as a presenter/trainer for
the National Science Teachers Association, National Community Education
Association, Nation Association of Gifted Children, Kentucky Association
of Gifted Education, Kentucky Community Education Association, Kentucky
School Public Relations Association, Kentucky Association of Educational
Office Professionals and Kentucky Association of School Administrators.
She was an Ashland Old Golden Apple Award recipient and served as a member
of the Governor.s Advisory Council for Gifted Education. She was
recognized as a Commonwealth of Kentucky Credentialed Community Education
Director for documentation, demonstration and articulations of her
competencies as a community education professional. In 2011, she received
the Robert J. Storer/Toyota Business Education Collaboration Award from
the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
Her greatest honor is being the mother of two children, Le and Josh.
Outside of her professional responsibilities, she and her husband of 35
years, Charlie, enjoy time with family and friends, traveling and
volunteering with various ministries at church.