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Awards & Recognition

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.

The program operates on a July 1-June 30 fiscal year. Participating districts must apply online by April 15, and all board member training must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on June 4, 2020 in order to receive recognition.
GSBA will recognize the boards during the Summer Conference in Savannah. Previous Award Winners are listed below. In FY19 there were 21 Quality Boards, 10 Distinguished Boards, and 55 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.

Previous Board Award Listings


* 2017 Program was Temporarily Suspended


Other GSBA Awards

GSBA will continue the regular cycle for the Partnership Commendations, Beacon Awards and Board Service Recognition.


The 2020 School Boards Appreciation Week will be March 16-20.

GSBA is proud to serve the state’s locally elected boards of education. GSBA has developed numerous ways to assist local systems in honoring local boards and board members!  THANKS for all you do for Georgia public school students! March 18-22, 2019 was School Boards Appreciation Week!