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Dublin City Schools Earns Georgia Charter System Foundation’s Leadership Development Award

Dublin City Schools is proud to announce that it has received the Georgia Charter System Foundation’s Leadership Development Award.  The recognition signals that Dublin City Schools is focused on initiative-driven leadership that impacts its classrooms, schools, and the community at large. 

     “Receiving the Charter System Foundation’s Leadership Development Award is a testament to the school-level governance that’s taking place at each of our campuses,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams.  “It also shows how we, as a system, share and inspire other districts across the state to utilize innovative, best practices to meet the needs of their students.  I want to commend our Board of Education, our community partners, our students, and our parents for all they’ve done to support us in earning this statewide honor.” 

     The district was recognized for its commitment to leadership, educator development, governance, and partnerships. 

     Since becoming a charter school district in 2011, Dublin City Schools has prided itself on both implementing innovations to meet students' needs and sharing its results with local and state partners.  Thanks to Charter system flexibility, DCS employed innovative strategies across all grade levels, provided quality environments and resources, enhanced transparency resulting in greater community engagement, and widened the talent pool for professionally qualified staff.  Some of the most notable examples of its charter implementation include Baby Irish, the Leaping Leprechaun Learning Academy, the Dublin City Schools College and Career Academy, and the Irish Gifted Academy. 

     To lead, mentor and stay informed, DCS attends, participates in and hosts local, regional, state and national workshops.  Moreover, the Dublin City BOE and each school’s Governance Team undergo annual training to ensure they understand their responsibilities and how the district utilizes charter flexibility.  In fact, for these efforts, Susie Dasher Elementary was named the 2021 Charter System Foundation Small District Governance Team of the Year, and Dublin City Schools was named the Charter System Foundation’s District of the Year in 2019.  Additionally, the district was part of the Accelerated Career Diploma Program (formerly Option B) Cohorts 1 and 2.  And, Dublin City Schools recently played a leadership and mentoring role during Atlanta Public Schools’ G3 Summit, connecting LSGT work to student achievement.   

     “Regardless of their position, our staff members are committed to having their feet at the decision-making table,” said Dr. Williams.  “This ensures Dublin City Schools remains at the forefront of providing students with the best and most innovative educational opportunities possible.” 

     As the winner of the prestigious Leadership Development Award, Dublin City Schools received $10,000 to further support its academic and leadership efforts.

     Dublin City Schools was selected from an elite group of finalists including Barrow County Schools, Calhoun City Schools, Chattahoochee County Schools and Union County Schools. 

     Of Georgia’s 181 school systems, 48 have been approved as charter school districts by the State Board of Education. Georgia Charter Systems have proven effective in addressing the specific and unique needs of individual school systems, embarking on new relationships between each board of education and their communities.