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GSBA Presents Leading Edge Award to HCS Board of Education

Submission Date: December 12, 2019

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161,

(Release # 0022-12-19)

GSBA Presents Leading Edge Award to HCS Board of Education  

GSBA Presents Leading Edge Award to HCS Board of Education

Board honored in front of state conference attendees

HENRY COUNTY, GA – The Henry County Board of Education added another award to their collection after receiving the Georgia School Boards Association’s (GSBA) Leading Edge Award at the GSBA Fall Conference on December 5 in Atlanta.

The inaugural award, created by GSBA to recognize innovative practices by district governance teams and school officials, featured eight categories for potential recognition.  The local board of education was honored in the category of Communications and Messaging for their development and community engagement of Policy BAB - Henry’s Plan of Action.

“Our goal is to lead Henry County Schools to be the highest-achieving district in the state, and it is encouraging when our peers and professional association recognizes everyone’s hard work toward meeting this goal,” said Board Chair Josh Hinton.  “Our collaboration with the community is what ultimately earned us the award.  We cannot be a successful school district without our community’s voice.”

Hinton, along with Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis accepted the award on behalf of the entire board in front of a packed ballroom at the Waverly Hotel and Conference Center.  The luncheon and celebration followed a keynote speech by Governor Brian Kemp.

To be considered for this category, a description of the board’s efforts, supporting artifacts, and multiple letters of support from school district and community leaders had to be submitted.

Tony Arasi, Director of Board Development for GSBA, indicated that this unique achievement recognizes innovative design and implementation of projects and programs by the school system that are having a significant positive impact on student achievement and engagement.

The Henry County Board of Education focused on their recent development and policy adoption of Henry’s Plan of Action for their award-winning entry.  This foundational reform policy has, among other things, helped guide the board in providing greater support to teachers and leaders to support student achievement.  To arrive at the policy, extensive community feedback and collaboration were utilized in addition to the board development sessions, which were held to craft a policy that would transcend the board and its various representatives for years to come.

Henry County was one of only two school districts to receive recognition in the Communications and Messaging category.

“Our community is vital to helping our board reach its goals,” said Superintendent Davis.  “Our connectedness to our community is a priority we know will ensure the long-term success and exceptional learning experience for each and every one of our students and their families.  Communication, awareness, and involvement are all essential factors seen in our progress.”

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Photo (L-R): Board Chair Josh Hinton (Dist. 2); Board Vice-Chair Holly Cobb (Dist. 3); Mary Elizabeth Davis, Superintendent; Board Member Sophe Pope (Dist. 4); Dr. Carl Knowlton, Chief of Staff