The mission of the Georgia School Boards Association is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s elected boards of education.


2021 GSBA Governance Team of the Year Winners

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

December 1, 2021-The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Governance Team of the Year Award. The GSBA is awarding this prestigious award to 3 Georgia public school district’s board of education and superintendent teams 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.

Small Category: 1-3,000 Students
Bleckley County Schools

Medium Category: 3,001-10,000
Jefferson City Schools

Large Category: 10,001+
Cherokee County Schools


This recognition is deeply rooted in the components of the Georgia Vision for Public Education’s research-based recommendations for Georgia’s public schools. These finalists were vetted through a stringent application process and a visit by an impartial review team to vet the information in the application.

“This has been a challenging year and we are excited to have the opportunity to honor these governance teams who have exemplified all around high functioning best practices,” said Bryan Preston, GSBA President and member of the Coffee County Board of Education.

The winners were announced during a ceremony this evening, December 1, 2021 at 6:30 p.m., honoring the outstanding governance team finalists. The winners were chosen by a panel of national experts who perform various leadership roles in the field of public education.

“While many governance teams have endured challenging circumstances and provided steadfast leadership, the 2021 Governance Team of the Year winners have set a high standard of excellence and we are proud of all that they have accomplished,” said Valarie Wilson, GSBA Executive Director.

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

Find more information on the Governance Team of the Year program.