Board Recognition Program
The GSBA Board Recognition Program is a 3 tier process to achieve the highest level in board governance. The 3 recognition levels are Quality, Distinguished and Exemplary with Exemplary the highest level. GSBA developed this program to reflect the state standards, which offers school boards additional ways to increase their effectiveness. The State Board of Education developed the state standards for governance that form the foundation for GSBA’s awards and recognition program. In FY18, the program was revised to add two additional criteria.
Boards no longer must go through the 3 levels in succession. The board may apply for the level in which it meets all the criteria.
UPDATE for FY2022: GSBA has updated the 2022 Board Recognition Criteria. View the updated chart.
The program operates on a July 1-June 30 fiscal year. Applications will be made available in the spring of 2022. Participating districts must apply online by July 29, 2022, and all board member training must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2022, in order to receive recognition. These awards will be presented during the GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference in December.
In FY21 there were 13 Quality Boards, 6 Distinguished Boards, and 60 Exemplary Boards.
This Board Recognition Program requires a high level of commitment from school boards and individual members. The ultimate goal is to provide a platform based on governance standards which challenges boards, but creates a culture of success for students and communities.