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Effingham BOE recognized for its standards by GSBA

POSTED: September 30, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The Effingham County Board of Education has achieved compliance with the Georgia School Boards Association’s “Standards for Local Boards of Education” and was recently recognized by the Association.

The process to seek compliance asks local boards of education to have a review committee examine their policies and practices to see if they comply with the stated set of standards. The GSBA Standards include and go beyond any standards established by state law or the rules and regulations of the Georgia Board of Education.

“By undergoing this process of examination and measurement, the Effingham County Board of Education is showing its willingness to have its policies and practices undergo scrutiny in order to be as effective as possible in governing this school system,” said GSBA Executive Director Sis Henry.

“Compliance with GSBA’s standards represents effort to go beyond what is required by law or state board rules to deliver educational programs to students. Adherence to these quality standards can make a substantial difference in student achievement.”

The GSBA “Standards for Local Boards of Education” covers six major areas of measurement and accountability:
Board operations
Board/staff relations
Board development

Adoption of the standards requires a majority vote by the local board of education. The voluntary program of compliance requires that local boards establish a review committee that includes at least two board members, one administrator and two community leaders to review the board’s operations and determine compliance with the set of standards.

GSBA then reviews all documentation and determines whether the board has satisfactorily completed the process.


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