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. QUALITY BOARD RECOGNITION  applications must be submitted by August 2, 2021. Similar information is provided for Distinguished and Exemplary Board recognitions on the GSBA website. 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

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* 2. Board Chair

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* 3. Superintendent

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* 4. Person Completing this Application and Title:

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* 5. STRATEGIC PLANNING

EXPECTATION
An adopted System Strategic Plan is being implemented.

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 local board of education reviews the recommendations of the Georgia Vision Project and has incorporated at least five of the Vision Project's 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 their System 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 completes a Self-Assessment and develops recommendations for improvement in Board Governance. (GSBA Governance Team Self-Assessment instrument or equivalent instrument may be used.)

RATIONALE
Members of a local board of education 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. SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION  GA Code § 20-2-210

EXPECTATION
The annual Superintendent Evaluation instrument, as a minimum, incorporates some of the Strategic Plan District Goals.

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 and identified improvements.

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* 9. LOCAL BOARD OF EDUCATION TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

EXPECTATION
The local board of education has met State Board of Education training requirements.

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 recognition program recognizes local boards of education that meet the training requirements.

For Quality Board recognition, ALL school board members must meet annual training requirements.

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* 10. ACCREDITATION

EXPECTATION
The local 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 GSBA recognition program does not require any specific accreditation agency; however, because of the valid external measures with required best practices and the impact on student scholarships, this criterion is mandatory.

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* 11. 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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* 12. FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

EXPECTATION
Annually adopt a balanced budget.

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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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* 13. VERIFICATION OF MATERIALS

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

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

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* 14. RECOGNITION REMOVAL 

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

RATIONALE
If the school board "no longer meets" the Quality Board Recognition criteria during the recognition period, then recognition is withdrawn.

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* 15. RENEWAL CYCLE

EXPECTATION
Annually: July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021 

RATIONALE
The first level of the program is Quality 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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* 16. The [LIST SYSTEM IN SPACE BELOW] County/City Board of Education certifies that all Quality Board Recognition criteria has been implemented and/or completed.

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* 17. Date of Board Approval

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