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GSBA Exemplary School Board
The Walton County Board of Education has been recognized by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) as an Exemplary School Board for the sixth time since 2015, achieving the state’s highest level of school board governance. Only 60 of Georgia’s 180 school boards were recognized with this honor in 2022.

“Our Board’s commitment to operating at the highest level is evident in their continued pursuit of effective governance through training,” said Superintendent Nathan Franklin. “I congratulate our board members for once again being recognized as an Exemplary School Board and appreciate their unwavering dedication to our district and community.”

The recognition program is designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. GSBA recognizes good school board governance to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement. Exemplary status is the highest level of distinction and requires boards to meet several criteria, such as providing evidence of a system strategic plan, demonstrating accreditation compliance and exceeding the minimum training requirements.
“I am pleased to have this Board receive such a prestigious award. However, all of us would be quick to say that we don't serve to win awards,” said Board Chairman Coleman Landers. “We know the futures of our young people depend on us providing the best education possible. We serve at the pleasure of our citizens and support the finest educators in Georgia. Walton County simply deserves the best. We believe in public education."
The GSBA Governance Team Recognition Program was developed by Georgia superintendents and board members based on the state board of education’s standards for effective governance to recognize exemplary leadership. In 1998, GSBA was one of the first school board associations in the nation to develop a program of standards for local boards of education.
For more information on the awards and recognition program, please visit the GSBA website at