The mission of the Georgia School Boards Association is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s elected boards of education.
The Georgia School Boards Association’s (GSBA) Rural Task Force was created to make recommendations on ways to mediate and alleviate challenges, and to support rural school systems. Recommendations may include additional services from GSBA, policy changes at the state level, ways to build on the existing collaborative relationships, and other ideas.
The impetus for creating the Rural Task Force is the growing number of issues facing rural school districts, and an increase in the requests for innovative solutions to the challenges of dwindling student populations, increased poverty, a lack economic development and other opportunities.
GSBA convenes the Rural Task Force, utilizing two school board representatives, and one superintendent representative from each GSBA regional district to serve. During the convening, GSBA will facilitate the task force in clearly defining the charge, completing an overview of rural data, developing potential policy solutions, and creating a framework for presentation of recommendations and action plans for specific stakeholder use and implementation. During the meetings, the task force will be broken into two working groups, the north and the south, who will target their energy on various subject areas, to be decided upon by the task force, that will serve as basis for recommendations and policy.