Board of Education recognized as Exemplary

Board of Education recognized as Exemplary
CCPS Board of Education PictureThe Catoosa County Board of Education achieved the Georgia School Board Association (GBSA) Exemplary School Board Award for the fourth consecutive year. Only 55 out of the 180 public school boards in Georgia were recognized for this highest level of distinction.

The GSBA Governance Team Recognition Program was developed by superintendents and board members based on the “state board of education’s standards for effective governance to recognize exemplary leadership.”

The Exemplary distinction is the highest honor any board of education can receive. Catoosa County Board of Education met or exceeded the criteria for strategic planning, accreditation, compliance, and training to accomplish this honor.

Superintendent Denia Reese said, “Our board of education achieved Exemplary School Board recognition the first year of the program, and I am very proud that they have maintained this status for four consecutive years. Only 30% of the school systems in Georgia choose to implement the high standards and exemplary leadership required for this highest level of recognition.”

Since 1951, GSBA has served as a leader in Georgia’s public education system by “advocating for local control of public education, and by offering programs and assistance to local boards of education and school systems.”

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 recognition program is a three-tiered program designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. For more information on the awards and recognition program, visit the GSBA website. (

Pictured Left to Right: David Moeller, Vice-Chairman; Jack Sims; Don Dycus, Chairman; Denia Reese, Superintendent, and Suzan Gibson.
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