March 2, 2021

Special Week Honors Georgia’s School Boards

Heard County School Board Members at a recent groundbreaking for the new G-PAC project at Heard County High School (L-R): Ashley Awbrey, Greg Holcomb, Chad Wood, Chairman Roger Harrod, and Vice Chairman Mike Crockett (Photo: Penny Hood/HCHS)

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County School District is joining in a statewide celebration this week to salute the efforts of local school board members.

The week of March 16-20, 2020 has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The week-long 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.

“Our board spends countless hours fulfilling its responsibilities and working together to continually improve our education system,” says Superintendent Rodney Kay. “They are a dedicated group who constantly try to balance the demands of providing the best for our students while also balancing the responsibility to the local taxpayer by being mindful of the local millage rate.”

Kay says he takes great pride in working with all five of the individual school board members, and commends them for being able to maintain a steady millage rate for nearly a decade while push new boundaries in the system’s innovative practices.

“The foresight of this board to work with us to provide 1:1 technology for students has been instrumental in being able to provide digital learning opportunities for our kids this week,” Kay states.

“They have continuously looked to improve this school system, but have stepped cautiously so the local taxpayer has not been overly burdened. We were very proud to hear SmartAsset recently named Heard County as the #1 county in Georgia whose taxpayers got the “best bang for their buck.”

As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing the superintendent to provide buildings and equipment, operate a transportation system and disbursing of 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.

Kay finished by commending the board for the contributions to all aspects of education.

“They treat every aspect of our school system equally. We have invested in fine arts, performing arts, and athletics. They have worked with district leaders and have whole-heartedly bought into our 3-E initiative (Employment, Enlistment, Enrollment). Our kids are the ones who benefit, and we have a board who lives out our motto of Putting Kids First.”

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) sponsors the celebration. 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 elected boards of education. Please visit gsba.com for more information.

Heard County County School Board

Chairman, Mr. Roger Harrod (District 3)

Vice Chairman, Mr. Mike Crockett (District 2)

Mrs. Ashley Awbrey (District 5)

Mr. Greg Holcomb (District 4)

Mr. Chad Wood (District 1)

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