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Rockdale Board of Education honored during School Board Appreciation Week

CONYERS – With this week designated as Georgia’s School Board Appreciation Week, Rockdale County Public Schools is joining other systems across the state in honoring the efforts of their school boards.

School board members, being considered constitutional officers of Georgia, have a plethora of responsibilities including setting educational policies, providing buildings and equipment, employing school personnel and allocating school funds. According to a press release from RCPS, BOE members advocate for children in local public schools and must study, evaluate and decide what actions are in the best interest of the students.

Wales Barksdale, currently the longest-serving Rockdale BOE member, has been on the board for 10 years. Katrina Young has served on the board for the past eight years, while Brad Smith has been on it for five years, and Jim McBrayer has served four years. Tony Dowdy, Mandy North and Sharon Pharr have all been BOE members for one year.

“We appreciate our board members for their leadership in public education and their dedication to the children of Rockdale County,” said RCPS Superintendent Richard Autry. “Our board members work hard to ensure that students in Rockdale County are provided every opportunity to graduate with an advantage over their peers with industry certifications for the workforce, or rigorous coursework and college credits for higher education. They are elected to be the community’s voice on education and represent a continuous commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education. Our board holds the highest designation of Quality Board by the Georgia School Boards Association for going beyond the minimum required training, setting annual goals, and its dedication to continuous improvement in our district.”

The Georgia School Boards Association, which sponsors the week celebrating the state’s boards of education, has a mission to ensure excellence in all of Georgia’s 180 elected school boards by providing leadership, advocacy, services and by collectively representing the resolve of those boards.