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Press Release
Submitted by: Jason D. Lemley, Director of Community Engagement

LCSS Receives GSBA’s Leading Edge Award for the 3rd Year in a Row

Superintendent Dr. Rob Brown, BOE Vice Chairman Jim McClure, and BOE Members Lynn Sylvester and Mera Turner accepted the 2021 Leading Edge Award at the GSBA/GSSA Winter Conference earlier this month. This is the third year GSBA has sponsored this award program, and Lumpkin County is one of six districts in the state (Baldwin County, Cherokee County, Jefferson City, Lumpkin County, Rockdale County, and Walton County) receiving the award all three years.

GSBA’s Leading Edge Award recognizes innovative and “out of the box” practices by governance teams and school districts. With an emphasis on highlighting school districts who are leading the way in ensuring students are competitive in an ever-changing global market, this award recognizes the design and implementation of projects and programs that are having a positive impact.

For a school system to be eligible to apply for this new award, they must exemplify: 1) promoting and advancing public education through integrated coordinated advocacy action; 2) engaging partners to address critical issues; and 3) providing needed services to support the local community.

Previously, Lumpkin County received the award in the areas of Communications and Messaging (2019) and Human and Organizational Capital (2020). This year, Lumpkin County’s application for the Leading Edge Award targeted the component of Culture, Climate and Organizational Efficacy. With seven standards for this particular component, Lumpkin County’s application focused on parent and community engagement, measuring and reporting stakeholder perception, and developing a culture and climate fostering innovation.

Superintendent Rob Brown remarked, “To be recognized by GSBA for the third year in a row, and to be one of only six districts statewide, is an honor in and of itself. But to know that each year our recognition is for a different area in which Lumpkin County Schools is on the leading edge is a strong testimony to the great work of our educators day-in and day-out in Lumpkin County. With a focus on engaging our community and our parents in new ways and continuing to encourage innovation in our classrooms and within our programs, we are making a difference in the lives of our students and in our community as a whole.”