School Board Appreciation Week

The Walton County School District is joining in a statewide celebration to acknowledge the work and dedication of local school board members. The week of March 12-16, has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. This weeklong observance calls attention to the positive contributions made by local boards of education.

“Walton County’s board members are elected to represent our community’s voice on education matters. They are willing to invest countless hours fulfilling their responsibilities and working together to continually pursue excellence in our school district and community,” said Superintendent Nathan Franklin. “Their decisions often reach far beyond our classrooms to impact local businesses, economic development and, ultimately, the future of our community. We are fortunate to have exemplary board members whose vision and mission are making sure all students learn in safe, supportive environments.”

Board of Education members currently serving our school district:
District 1 – Mr. Lynn Hill 
District 2 – Mr. Jeremy Kilburn
District 3 – Ms. Diane Turner (Vice-Chair)
District 4 – Mr. Coleman Landers
District 5 – Mr. Tom Gibson (Chair)
District 6 – Ms. Gwen Cantrell
District 7 – Mr. David Breedlove 

As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing school personnel, providing buildings and equipment, operating a transportation system, and disbursing 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. 

The Walton County School District Board of Education has been recognized by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) as an Exemplary School Board for their exemplary leadership and dedication to education. 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 for more information.

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