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Board of Education Chosen to Present at Statewide Conference

Submission Date: December 12, 2019

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0021-12-19)

Board of Education Chosen to Present at Statewide Conference  

Board of Education Chosen to Present at Statewide Conference

Board presents to peers, state leaders for Georgia School Boards Association conference

HENRY COUNTY, GA – Members of the Henry County Board of Education and their story of improving student achievement were front and center at the Georgia School Boards Association Fall Conference after being chosen as a breakout session presenter for the second day of the annual conference.

Boards of education, superintendents, and school leaders from all across the state descended on the Waverly Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta for the three-day conference December 4-6.  During the second day, the Henry County Board of Education was one of twelve presentation options for conference attendees to experience, and those sitting in for the local board’s session were able to walk away with an impactful story full of positive examples that can be implemented in their own respective districts.

“Our board did an incredible job of sharing their journey of developing unified governance and focus over the past year and a half,” said Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis.  “While our district is the eighth largest in the state, the story shared at the state conference could really happen in any district of any size, and we hope there were those in attendance who felt inspired and encouraged by the impact our board has made on student achievement.”

Questions were aplenty from the engaged audience after the 60-minute presentation, and board members took time to provide helpful answers to their peers from all corners of Georgia.

“The work that our board has accomplished over the past 18 months shows what is possible when people truly work toward the goal of making the education experience exceptional for every single student in the district,” said Board Vice-Chair Holly Cobb.

The board’s presentation started by detailing the district’s substantial growth thanks to being one of the fastest-growing counties in the state.  In a 10-year window, Henry County Schools went from an enrollment of 20,000 to 40,000 students and now educates just over 43,000. 

A focus on the local board’s establishment of strategic priorities, core beliefs and commitments, and a plan of action formed the basis for discussion on how districts can replicate similar influence with their own boards of education.  The essential role of policy development - both operational and reform - was emphasized, as was the importance of reflection and celebration of the many accomplishments of both students and staff. 

“We make sure that we take time to celebrate and recognize our students and most definitely our staff all across our district for the job they do each day,” said Board Member Dr. Pam Nutt.  “We are so fortunate to work with the nearly 6,000 incredibly talented professionals that we have here in support of student achievement at the highest levels.” 

For more information on Henry County Schools, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us.

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