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2021 Governance Team of the Year Award Finalists

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Media Contact– Justin Pauly, Director of Communications, 770-962-6843,

October 11, 2021- The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 Governance Team of the Year Award. The award honors 3 Georgia public school district’s board of education and superintendent who have achieved all-around success in their district. The 3 categories are: small, 1-3,000 students, medium, 3,001-10,000 students and large, 10,000+ students. This recognition continues to be deeply rooted in the components of Georgia’s Vision for Public Education research-based recommendations for Georgia’s public schools.

These finalists are vetted through a rigorous application process and visited by an impartial review team to confirm the information in the application.

“This award has set the bar for what high functioning school boards and superintendents should look like. Each year these governance teams showcase best practices and set an example for others to strive towards. We appreciate the hard work each of these finalists have showcased.” said Bryan Preston, GSBA President and Vice Chair of the Coffee County Board of Education.

The winner will be announced during a banquet at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. to honor these outstanding governance teams. There were 55 Georgia school districts that qualified and 10 that chose to submit applications.

The winner will be chosen by a panel of national experts who perform various leadership roles in the field of public education.

“We are proud of what this award has come to represent, and it is an honor to recognize these finalists for all they have accomplished.” said Valarie Wilson, GSBA Executive Director. “While only one wins in each category, all have demonstrated success as high functioning governance teams.”


2021 GSBA Governance Team of the Year Finalists
Small Districts
Bleckley County Schools

Medium Districts
Bryan County Schools
Dalton Public Schools
Dawson County Schools
Jefferson City Schools

Large Districts
Cherokee County Schools
Coweta County Schools
Effingham County Schools
Henry County Schools
Walton County Schools