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Rockdale BOE recognized by state for excellence

CONYERS — The Rockdale County Board of Education has attained the Georgia School Boards Association’s 2013 Quality School Board recognition.

The Quality School Board recognition was designed to exhibit excellence in practices of school governance and leadership. In an attempt to advance student learning and achievement, the GSBA acknowledges good school board administration to foster educational community cultures.

Rockdale County Public Schools’ Board of Education met, if not exceeded, the criteria established by the GSBA to earn the honor of a 2013 Quality School Board.

“I truly appreciate the work of our board members and their commitment to education and to the children and families in Rockdale County,” said RCPS Superintendent Richard Autry. “This revised recognition program is new this year and required our board to meet several criteria, such as provide evidence of a system strategic plan, demonstrate accreditation compliance, and meet all training requirements to earn this first level of distinction. We are fortunate to have this dedicated board, elected by citizens, to ensure that quality pubic education remains a top priority for this community.”

The Georgia School Boards Association was one of the first school board associations in the country to formulate a program of standards for local boards of education in 1998. Georgia superintendents and board members developed the GSBA Governance Team Recognition Program, which is based on the state Board of Education’s standards for effective governance to recognize commendable leadership.

The GSBA Board recognition program is a three-year, three-tiered program beginning with the Quality Board status. More information on the program and its criteria can be found on the GSBA website at www.gsba.com/BoardDevelopment/AwardsRecognition.aspx.