Governance Team of the Year Award

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Application Status

Application Window: Closed

Applications accepted November 15, 2023 - February 15, 2024.


In 2018, the Georgia School Boards Association introduced the GSBA Governance Team of the Year (GTOY) Award, in recognition of the board / superintendent team that exemplifies commitment to enhancing student achievement and fostering public education trust and support within their community. This award underscores the importance of effective governance in educational success and community engagement. 

Visit GSBA’s official Award Platform website for additional information.

Governance Team of the Year Award

Submission Requirements

To qualify for the award, districts must adhere to set criteria, including past accolades and a thorough application aligned with governance principles. The selection process begins with a questionnaire for initial assessment, leading to a competitive evaluation to identify finalists who must then submit a detailed application. For complete eligibility and application instructions, please refer to the information below.

The following requirements must be met in order for governance teams to be eligible to apply for the Governance Team of the Year Award:

Exemplary Board Recognition: Districts must have been awarded GSBA Exemplary Board status in the two years leading up to the application, including recognition at the most recent GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference.

Restriction for Previous Winners: Districts that have won the Governance Team of the Year award must wait four years from their victory date before they are eligible to apply again.

Application Window: All materials, including the final application, must be submitted by February 15, 2024 in order to be considered for the award.

GTOY Eligibility Requirements

Award Platform Registration: GSBA uses Award Force, an online platform, to streamline the Governance Team of the Year award application process. This central platform enables applicants to input their information, upload necessary documents, and adjust their entries up to the submission deadline.

For those with existing accounts, simply use the same login details to access and complete the initial questionnaire. New users should register for a free account to access application materials and resources.

The platform facilitates the submission of both the initial screening questionnaire and, for those teams advancing to the final round, the comprehensive final application.

Review Eligibility Requirements

Initial Screening: The first step towards eligibility involves completing the GTOY Screening Questionnaire, which must adhere to the Standards for Effective Governance Teams across all domains. A sample of the questionnaire may be viewed online but must be completed on Award Force for consideration.

Application Period: The GTOY Questionnaire is available from mid-November to mid-February each year. GSBA will inform superintendents, board chairs, and their secretaries about the questionnaire’s availability.

Consent and Verification: Each member of the governance team must sign the completed questionnaires, signifying their concurrence with the responses.

Evaluation Process and Selection: The GSBA Review Team assesses the questionnaires focusing on accuracy, transparency, relevance, and any current governance issues to identify finalists. Four finalists will then be invited to participate in the final round of evaluation.

Finalist Announcement: Up to four teams will be announced as finalists for the Governance Team of the Year. Starting in 2024, the award structure will be refined to honor only one governance team as the Governance Team of the Year, streamlining the previous three categories into a single, prestigious accolade.

GTOY Application Process: Finalists are required to complete the GTOY Application, highlighting the governance team’s collaborative efforts and achievements. All members of the governance team should be well-versed in the application content, actively contribute to the responses, and prepared to discuss their submissions in detail. Completed applications must be signed by each member of the governance team reflecting agreement with the answers provided.

An independent evaluator will review the final GTOY Applications and Interviews to determine the ultimate winner.

GTOY Winner
GSBA Awards Ceremony

2023 GTOY Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 GTOY winners! The finalists were vetted through a stringent application process and selected by a panel of national experts from various leadership roles in public education.

Dodge County Schools

Small Category: 1-3,000 students

Baldwin County Schools

Medium Category: 3,001-10,000 students

Henry County Schools

10,001+ students

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