Board Recognition Awards

Leadership in action: recognizing the highest standards of school board governance.

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Application Window: Open

Applications accepted March 29, 2024 - July 26, 2024.


The GSBA Board Recognition Program is designed to foster excellence in board governance through a three-tiered system consisting of Quality, Distinguished, and Exemplary levels, with Exemplary being the pinnacle of achievement. This program aligns with state governance standards, offering school boards innovative avenues to enhance their effectiveness and earn recognition for their commitment to excellence.

Examine the updated board recognition criteria for FY24 to understand all requirements, including the latest changes.

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Submission Requirements

Please review the submission requirements below for comprehensive guidelines on submitting your entry to the GSBA Board Recognition Awards. This section provides detailed information on eligibility and how to submit your nomination for award consideration.

The following requirements must be met in order for governance teams to be eligible to apply for the board Recognition Award:

Training Requirements: Board members must meet all training requirements by 5:00 PM on Sunday, June 30, 2024.

Application Level: Boards may directly apply for any award level for which they meet all the criteria without progressing through lower levels. To maintain their current level, boards are required to reapply annually.

Application Window: Applications are accepted March 29, 2024 – July 26, 2024.​ All materials, including the final application, must be submitted by Friday, July 26, 2024 at 5:00 PM. 

Examining Requirements

Award Platform Registration: GSBA uses Award Force, to streamline the Board Recognition Award application process. This enables applicants to input information, upload documents, and adjust entries up to the submission deadline.

Existing users can log in to access application materials, while new users can register for a free account to apply.

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For FY24, updates and new criteria have been added to all three levels of the program. Ensure you review these changes carefully in the board recognition criteria document, where program updates are specifically highlighted in red.

Important update areas include:

  • Governance team self-assessment
  • Local board of education training requirements
  • Accreditation
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Recognition consideration and/or removal
  • New templates available for specific application sections

Register for our upcoming webinar to learn more about the application process and updated requirements.

Review Requirements Board Recognition Awards

Application Submission: Applications should be submitted via Award Force by Friday, July 26, 2024, at 5:00 PM. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. Applications may be submitted starting March 29, 2024.

Award Notification: Recipients will be notified of their recognition on October 2024.

Award Ceremony: Awards will be presented at the December GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference.

Board Recognition Award Winner
2024 Board Recognition Program Webinar

Helpful Resources

Have questions or needs assistance with application submission? View our recent webinar for answers to many commonly asked questions, then access additional resources below for more information. Contact Leigh Crow at GSBA via the contact form below for any other questions or information you may need.

Awards Congratulations

2023 Award Winners

GSBA honored 6 Quality, 6 Distinguished, and 67 Exemplary Boards in 2023. We celebrate the unwavering dedication of these school boards, who, through rigorous governance standards, create a thriving culture of success for students and their communities.

  • Bacon County Schools
  • Baldwin County Schools
  • Barrow County Schools
  • Ben Hill County Schools
  • Bibb County Public Schools
  • Bleckley County Schools
  • Bryan County Schools
  • Calhoun City Schools
  • Carrollton City Schools
  • Cartersville City Schools
  • Catoosa County Schools
  • Chattahoochee County Schools
  • Chickamauga City Schools
  • Clayton County Public Schools
  • Colquitt County Schools
  • Commerce City Schools
  • Dade County Schools
  • Dalton Public Schools
  • Dawson County Schools
  • Dodge County Schools
  • Dooly County Schools
  • Dougherty County Schools
  • Douglas County Schools
  • Dublin City Schools
  • Early County Schools
  • Effingham County Schools
  • Fannin County Schools
  • Fayette County Public Schools
  • Gainesville City School System
  • Gordon County Schools
  • Greene County Schools
  • Griffin-Spalding County Schools
  • Hall County Schools
  • Haralson County Schools
  • Harris County Schools
  • Hart County Schools
  • Henry County Schools
  • Houston County Schools
  • Jackson County Schools
  • Jefferson City Schools
  • Jefferson County Schools
  • Jones County Schools
  • Madison County Charter Schools
  • Marietta City Schools
  • McDuffie County Schools
  • Meriwether County Schools
  • Mitchell County Schools
  • Murray County Schools
  • Muscogee County Schools
  • Oconee County Schools
  • Oglethorpe County Schools
  • Paulding County Schools
  • Pierce County Schools
  • Polk County Schools
  • Rockdale County Schools
  • Rome City Schools
  • Social Circle City Schools
  • Thomaston-Upson Schools
  • Twiggs County Public Schools
  • Walton County Schools
  • Ware County Schools
  • Wayne County Schools
  • Webster County Schools
  • Whitfield County Schools
  • Wilcox County Schools
  • Wilkinson County Schools
  • Burke County Schools
  • Gilmer County Schools
  • Johnson County Schools
  • Peach County Schools
  • Pelham City Charter School System
  • Pulaski County Schools
  • Candler County Schools
  • Lamar County Schools
  • Pike County Schools
  • Sumter County Schools
  • Thomasville City Schools
  • White County Schools

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