Tift County Schools are joining in a statewide celebration this week to salute the efforts of local school board members. The week of March 13-17, 2017, has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The weeklong observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education.
“Citizens elect board members to represent the community’s voice on education matters and to set the vision for the school district,” said School Superintendent Patrick Atwater. “Our board spends countless hours fulfilling its responsibilities and working together to continually improve our education system. As the men and women citizens elect to represent them in education matters, school boards represent a continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education.”
Members of the Tift County School Board are Jonathan Jones, John Smith, Keith Barr, Dr. Kim Ezekiel, Marian Richbourg, Melanie Roberson and John Waddell.
As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing school personnel, providing buildings and equipment, operating a transportation system and disbursing school funds. As community leaders, school board members serve as advocates for the children in local public schools and must study, evaluate and decide what actions are in the best interest of those students.
The Tift County School Board was named as an Exemplary School Board. The recognition program was designed by the Georgia School Board Association to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. GSBA recognizes good school board governance to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement.
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, the GSBA was one of the first school board associations in the nation to develop a program of standards for local boards of education. The GSBA Board recognition program is a three-year, three tiered program beginning with the Quality Board status.
The mission of GSBA is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s 180 elected boards of education.