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Board of Education named 2018 Exemplary Board
Posted on 06/20/2018
GSBA Exemplary Board 2018 badgeConyers, Ga. – The Rockdale County Board of Education (BOE) was recently honored as a 2018 Exemplary Board, the highest status in the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) Board Recognition Program. The Rockdale County BOE also earned Exemplary status in 2015 and 2016. The GSBA Board Recognition Program was paused and revised during 2017 to require an even higher level of commitment from school boards and individual members.

“We are extremely proud that the Rockdale County Board of Education has again earned Exemplary status – the highest status conferred by the Georgia School Boards Association,” says RCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts. “Not only has our board exceeded the previous recognition program criteria, but it has also met the more rigorous criteria of the revised recognition program. This affirms our board’s commitment to world-class governance as well as the dedication of each member to facilitating optimal student learning, achievement, and growth for the students of Rockdale County Public Schools.”

GSBA Board Recognition, a three-year, three-tiered program, is designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement. Only 35 school boards out of 180 elected school boards in the state have earned the status of 2018 Exemplary Board.
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. Please visit for more information.

Rockdale County Board of Education headshots, left to right top to bottom in order of years served on board: Wales Barksdale, Katrina Young, Jim McBrayer, Mandy North, Tony Dowdy, Pamela Brown, Heather Duncan

GSBA 2018 Exemplary Board badge