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July 11--  For the first time in its history, members of the Vidalia Board of Education have earned the honor of being a "Board of Distinction" by the Georgdia School Boards Association.  Only about half of the school boards in Georgia have achieved this level.

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Left to right: David Johnson, GSBA President; school board members Bruce Asberry and Doug Roper and Jeannie (Sis) Henry, GSBA Executive Director

The award was given at the association's annual summer conference last month in Savannah. To earn the designation, the school board had to meet GSBA criteria.

*Compliance with GSBA Standards for Local Boards of Education Have implemented the GSBA Board/Leadership Team Self Assessment Checklist

* Formalize the superintendent's evaluation incorporating district goals.

*Provide a web link to the local district's policy manual posted to the Internet.

*Provide a copy of, or a web link to, the board's goal-setting model and a listing of the district's goals.

*Provide a web link to postings of monthly board meeting agenda.

*Provide a stated plan to integrate technology at the governance level of the local district.

*Good standing with state accrediting agencies.

*Participate in the GSBA Standards for Local Boards of Education.

GSBA is a voluntary association of Georgia's 180 locally elected boards of education. It provides programs, training and services to assist boards in governing local school systems.