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OCS receives Governance Team of the Year honor

Oconee County Schools has received the designation of GTOY Governance Team of the Year by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA). This prestigious award was recently announced and honors the board/superintendent team that best demonstrates a commitment to maximizing student achievement and fostering trust and support for public education.


“The Board of Education and Dr. Branch are honored to have been named GSBA Governance Team of the Year,” said Board Chair Tom Odom. “This entire process has been incredibly validating, as it provided an opportunity to review and articulate the body of work that makes Oconee County Schools a premier school system. The board appreciates our teachers, staff, parents, and administrators for their hard work and dedication to excellence.”


Eleven out of 180 systems were named finalists for the award, with OCS winning for medium-size systems (enrollment of 3,001-10,000). To be eligible for the award, school districts must have a 2019 CCRPI score of 75.9 or higher. Oconee County was ranked the #2 county system in the state based on last year’s CCRPI. Sixty systems in the state were eligible to apply for Governance Team of the Year and eleven of those were named finalists.


“Oconee County is fortunate to have an exemplary board of education that is committed to keeping students and teachers first,” said Superintendent Jason L. Branch. “I am honored and humbled to serve on our school system’s governance team and applaud our entire school system community for demonstrating sustained excellence each and every day.” 


The application process for Governance Team of the Year consisted of a detailed application aligned with the seven components of the Georgia Vision Project plus an additional component on communications and messaging. The application was verified by an outside consultant. Ratings of the applications were scored by a national team with expertise in school board governance. 


“The opportunity to spotlight good governance best practices is so vitally important. These governance teams set a high bar of achievement, and there is much we can learn from them. The Georgia School Boards Association always looks forward to annually highlighting quality governance for the benefit of all boards and superintendents around Georgia.” said Valarie Wilson, GSBA Executive Director. 


The winners of Governance Team of the Year were announced Nov. 30 by the Georgia School Boards Association. Dade County was the winner for small systems, Oconee County was the winner for medium systems, and Fayette County was the winner for large systems.