The Coweta County Board of Education has been named a 2018 Exemplary School Board by the Georgia School Boards Association.
The recognition is the highest offered by the GSBA and honors the best practices in school governance and leadership. Board Chairman Larry Robertson, Superintendent Steve Barker and other board members accepted at GSBA’s Annual Conference in Atlanta recently.
Coweta was among just 35 school boards out of 180 in the state to meet the requirements for GSBA distinction this year. According to the GSBA, its Board Recognition Program requires a higher level of commitment from school boards and individual members with the goal of providing a platform based on governance standards that challenges boards, but still creates a culture of success for students and communities.
Coweta’s school board has met the highest requirements of the GSBA program since it was adopted several years ago and has been recognized as a GSBA Exemplary Board since 2016.
To achieve “Exemplary” status, a school board already must have been recognized as a “Quality” and “Distinguished” Board. Other requirements include:
• Adoption and implementation of a school system strategic plan, accompanied by a balanced scorecard to measure progress on stated improvement goals, to be posted online for review by community stakeholders.
• Compliance with all applicable accreditation standards by the board and school system.
• Adoption of the Vision for Public Education in Georgia resolution and adoption of at least 15 of the resolution’s recommendations for local school districts as part of the system’s strategic plan.
• An annual superintendent evaluation which uses the school system’s strategic plan goals as a guide.
• Regular review of district finances by the governance leadership team in public meetings, and development of an annual budget that includes public meetings and public input.
• Exceeding annual state board of education training requirements by a minimum of three additional credit hours for all members of the school board and school system governance members, and meeting all local code of ethics policies.
• Completion of an annual GSBA governance self-assessment, and completion of an independent assessment by an GSBA Exemplary status committee.
GSBA recognizes outstanding school board governance to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement. In 1998, the Georgia School Boards Association became one of the first school board associations in the nation to develop a program of standards for local boards of education.