In 1998, the Georgia School Boards Association was one of the first school board associations in the nation to develop a program of standards for local boards of education. Because the Georgia Board of Education adopted a set of state standards for local boards of education in 2011, GSBA has revised its recognition program to reflect the state standards and also to offer school boards additional ways to increase their effectiveness. DISTINGUISHED BOARD RECOGNITION applications must be submitted by August 2, 2021. Similar information is provided for Quality Board and Exemplary Board recognitions on the GSBA web site.  Boards may now apply at whatever level for which they meet the criteria.  No longer does a board have to earn the recognition in any particular order.

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* 1. School System Name:

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* 2. Superintendent Name:

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* 3. Board Chair Name:

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* 4. Person Completing this Application and Title

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* 5. STRATEGIC PLANNING

EXPECTATION
A System Strategic Plan has been adopted, currently being implemented and includes balanced scorecards or accountability system on completing district goals.

RATIONALE
A System Strategic Plan and its alignment with school improvement plans are vital to the continuous improvement process. Adoption of the plan and the process used by the governance team reinforces its importance throughout the system and community.

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* 6. GEORGIA VISION PROJECT

EXPECTATION
The board has approved the Vision Resolution and incorporated at least ten of the Georgia Vision Project local school district recommendations into the system’s Strategic Plan.

RATIONALE
The Georgia Vision Project was created by Georgia educational leaders using researched best practices and data to support it. Governance teams are encouraged to review this work, discuss the implications in their own system, and identify opportunities, where appropriate, to incorporate the Vision recommendations into its system’s Strategic Plan. The goal is that public education will provide an equitable and excellent education that prepares all students for college, career, and life.

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* 7. SELF-ASSESSMENT

EXPECTATION
The Governance Team (Board and Superintendent) conducts a Self-Assessment; then a Distinguished Committee (DC) conducts an assessment using the same instrument. The Distinguished Committee (DC), as a minimum, consists of 2 community stakeholders, 2 board members and a central office administrator.

RATIONALE
Members of a local school board are to "manage and control" and make decisions on many aspects of public school operations. The school board’s day-to-day responsibilities are generally delegated to the superintendent.

This criterion assesses the processes, procedures and best practices utilized by the Governance Team in providing school district leadership.

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* 8. DISTINGUISHED COMMITTEE ASSESSMENT

EXPECTATION
The Governance Team (Board and Superintendent) conducts a Self-Assessment; then a Distinguished Committee (DC) conducts an assessment using the same instrument. The board will review the DC recommendations for further consideration.

The Distinguished Committee (DC), as a minimum, consists of 2 community stakeholders, 2 board members and a central office administrator.

RATIONALE
Members of a local school board are to "manage and control" and make decisions on many aspects of public school operations. The school board’s day-to-day responsibilities are generally delegated to the superintendent.

This criterion assesses the processes, procedures and best practices utilized by the Governance Team in providing school district leadership.

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* 9. SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION  GA Code § 20-2-210

EXPECTATION
The annual Superintendent Evaluation Instrument, as a minimum, incorporates some of the Strategic Plan District Goals. (GSBA Superintendent Evaluation Instrument or equivalent instrument may be used.)

RATIONALE
The board, as part of the Governance Team, is required by state law to annually evaluate the superintendent’s performance. The evaluation instrument should address the specific goals to be evaluated and identify evidence of performance. The Superintendent Evaluation Instrument should be linked to the System’s Strategic Plan.

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* 10. LOCAL BOARD OF EDUCATION TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

EXPECTATION
The local board of education exceeds the State Board of Education’s annual training requirements by a minimum of three additional credit hours by the majority of board members.

RATIONALE
As part of the training program adopted by the State Board of Education, the Georgia Department of Education must confirm board member training credit hours. The GSBA Distinguished Board recognition program recognizes local boards of education that meet and exceed the training requirements. All board members must meet the minimum requirements and the majority must exceed the minimum by three additional hours.

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* 11. ACCREDITATION

EXPECTATION
The board of education and school district comply with standards of all selected accreditation associations applicable.

RATIONALE
Accreditation is considered an external measure of the quality of education provided in a school district. The valid external measures with required best practices and the impact on student scholarships make this criterion mandatory. The GSBA recognition program does not require a specific accreditation agency.

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* 12. BOARD MEMBER ETHICS

EXPECTATION
All board members will abide by their local Code of Ethics Policy.

Review Code of Ethics Policy annually at a board of education meeting.  Address any infractions by members as per board policy.

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* 13. FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

EXPECTATION
Annually adopt a balanced budget.

RATIONALE
Regular review/updates of district finances by the governance leadership team in public meetings.  Develop an annual budget that includes public meetings and public input.

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* 14. VERIFICATION OF MATERIALS

EXPECTATION
The school board is required to provide documentation as part of the qualification process to meet Distinguished Status.

RATIONALE
The school board should be able to produce documents/materials that show it has met all criteria for recognition as a Distinguished School Board.

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* 15. RECOGNITION REMOVAL

EXPECTATION
Distinguished Board Recognition can be removed for good cause as determined by GSBA.

RATIONALE
If the School Board “no longer meets” the Distinguished Board Recognition criteria during the recognition period, then recognition is withdrawn.

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* 16. RENEWAL CYCLE

EXPECTATION
Renew Annually July 1, 2020 – September 30,2021.

RATIONALE
The second level of the recognition program is the Distinguished Board Recognition. The application for GSBA Quality Board recognition must be submitted to GSBA by August 2, 2021. Any final credits needed must be completed by 5 p.m. on September 30, 2021.

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* 17. The [LIST SYSTEM IN SPACE BELOW] County/City Board of Education certifies that all Distinguished Board Recognition criteria has been implemented and/or completed.

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* 18. Date of Board Approval

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