Walton County Board of Education earns exemplary board designation

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The Walton County Board of Education has once again been recognized by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) as an Exemplary School Board. Less than 20 percent of school boards in Georgia received this prestigious honor at the annual GSBA conference.

Board Chairman Tom Gibson with GSBA Executive Director Valarie Wilson. Contributed photo

“I commend our board on this outstanding accomplishment and appreciate their continued support of our students and our community,” said Superintendent Nathan Franklin. “Reaching this level of governance requires a lot of time, planning and training. Without the exemplary leadership of our board members, our district would not be able to function as efficiently. We are truly grateful for their commitment to pursuing excellence.”

The Georgia Board of Education developed state standards for governance that formed the foundation for GSBA’s tiered awards and recognition program. The program provides additional ways for school boards to increase their effectiveness. Exemplary status is the highest level of distinction and requires boards to meet several criteria, such as providing evidence of a system strategic plan, demonstrating accreditation compliance and exceeding the minimum training requirements. Each year, since the inception of GSBA’s awards and recognition program, the Walton County Board of Education has received the highest level of recognition possible.

“We are very proud to have received the highest level of recognition from GSBA for the third time,” said Board Chairman Tom Gibson. “This recognition is the result of a lot of hard work by all of my fellow board members. I want to specifically thank them for their diligence in pursuing excellence and focus on making the Walton County School District the best district for our students and community. We are blessed with great teachers, administrators, staff and one of the hardest working superintendents in the state of Georgia.”

The GSBA Governance Team Recognition Program was developed by Georgia superintendents and board members based on the state board of education’s standards for effective governance to recognize exemplary leadership. In 1998, GSBA was one of the first school board associations in the nation to develop a program of standards for local boards of education. 

For more information on the awards and recognition program, please visit the GSBA website at gsba.com or click here to view the criteria for all tiers of the program.
The Walton County School District serves around 14,000 students in 15 schools including nine elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools. The mission of the Walton County School District is to ensure that all students learn. The district values students as individuals with unique intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs. For more information, please visit www.walton.k12.ga.us. 

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