School Districts recognized for best use of technology for leadership work alignment, efficiencies, transparency and accountability
2012 eBOARD Awards of Excellence showcase best practice in school governance and leadership

June 15, 2012– Atlanta – eBOARDsolutions is proud to announce the winners for the 2012 eBOARD Awards of Excellence. The recognition program was designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership in the areas of strategic plan management, leadership evaluations, meetings administration, policy administration and internal and external communications. This year’s overall winner, Barrow County Schools, uses eBOARD extensively throughout the school system at both district and school levels. The district of around 13,000 students currently manages 74 meeting types and 20 types of strategic and school improvement plans with eBOARD. They also use eBOARD to manage their annual superintendent evaluation as well as their school board’s self-assessment. Recently re-accredited by SACS-CASI, they used eBOARD to prepare the documentation for the accreditation process.

The Barrow County School System utilizes eBOARD as a tool in its planning and evaluation process in order to be transparent in their governance and operations. Their eBOARD site includes the most recent information concerning their board of education meetings, local school governance team meetings, strategic plans, policies, evaluations, system news, and calendars. The structure ensures that the vision and purpose of the school system remains current and aligned with the system’s expectations in support of student learning and the effectiveness of the school system and its schools.

Dr. Wanda Creel, Superintendent of Barrow County Schools, comments:

“We are thrilled to be recognized again by eBOARDsolutions. eBOARD has been instrumental in our efforts in managing, streamlining and aligning the work of our district at both the system and school levels. It is our one stop communication tool.”

Forsyth County Schools won 1st place for Best Use of the eBOARD Meetings Module. This district of just over 37,000 students uses eBOARD to manage meetings at both school and district levels, saving printing costs and time from having to create and distribute meeting packets for the over 40 types of meetings managed through this web-based tool. In addition to school board meetings, Forsyth County Schools uses eBOARD to manage all of their local school council meetings. Agendas are posted in advance of the meetings and minutes are taking within eBOARD. Content includes supporting documents for the agendas, and minutes are completely searchable by the public, ensuring transparency to their stakeholders. Meeting agendas are accessed using standard web browsers on computers or through a free app for the iPad.

These two districts and other eBOARD Awards of Excellence winners were recognized today in Savannah, Georgia at the Georgia School Boards Association’s Summer Conference and Delegate Assembly whose speaker list included Stephen Peters, charismatic and inspiring trainer/speaker and author of the book Inspired to Learn: Why We Must Give Children Hope, Dr. Jason B., Huette, Associate Dean of Online Development and USG eCore and tenured Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Design at the University of West Georgia (UWG), as well as James H. Johnson Jr., the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center.

The 2012 eBOARD Awards of Excellence winners are as follows:

Best Overall Use of eBOARD
Barrow County Schools
City Schools of Decatur
Forsyth County Schools

Best Use of the Evaluation Module
Barrow County Schools
Carroll County Schools
City Schools of Decatur

Best Use of Strategic Plan Module
Barrow County Schools
Carroll County Schools
City Schools of Decatur

Best Use of Meetings Module
Forsyth County Schools
Barrow County Schools
tie City Schools of Decatur and Georgia Department of Education

About eBOARD

Imagine your entire team, all operating on the same page, with a clear understanding of the expectations necessary to prepare your students for college, career, and life. eBOARD is more than just a piece of governance software; it is the only system in the marketplace to centralize, communicate, and align strategic and operational plans, leader evaluations, board policies, administrative regulations, meeting agendas and other important communications and documents.

eBOARD is a cloud-based governance tool that helps organizations by:

Providing a single source for access to pertinent data for effective decision-making
Stakeholders can easily find information through advanced search capabilities
Saving time and money by streamlining workflow and eliminating paper dependency
Enhancing communications with all stakeholders
eBOARD Modules include:

Strategic Plan – Monitor, track, manage and report on the organization’s strategic plan to all stakeholders
Meetings – Streamline agenda preparation and enhance the effectiveness of all meetings (not just board meetings)
Evaluation – Enhance, align and streamline governance and leadership evaluations and assessments
Policy – Publish policies, regulations and exhibits for easy access by all stakeholders
Communications – Improve communications with all stakeholders
Documents – Build an online library for easy access to important documents
About eBOARDsolutions

eBOARDsolutions (EBS) is the leader in the effective integration of technology and governance. EBS products are used by over 200 local boards of education, state boards of education, state agencies and associations in 18 states.

eBOARDsolutions has a strategic partnership with the following associations:

Alabama Association of School Boards
Arkansas School Boards Association
Georgia School Boards Association
Iowa Association of School Boards
Missouri School Boards’ Association
North Carolina School Boards Association
NY Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center
Rhode Island Association of School Committees
Wisconsin School Boards Association

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