School system earns state leadership award

Patrick Yost Community

The Morgan County Charter School System last Wednesday was honored with the Georgia Charter System Leadership Award at the Georgia Charter System Foundation award luncheon in Athens.

The honor came with a $10,000 check and an accolade that Dr. James Woodard, superintendent, Morgan County Charter School System, comes from the school embracing “innovation” and from a board of education that allows creativity and growth in education.

“The charter school system innovation aspect allows us to really open up and allow our teachers to be innovative.”

The Morgan County Charter School System was given the award over 36 other charter school systems in the state.

At Monday night’s Morgan County Board of Education meeting Woodard thanked the board for giving educators the flexibility to use innovation as a daily practice in the classroom.

In a video presented to the Georgia Charter System Foundation to buttress Morgan County’s application, Morgan County High School Band Director Jeffrey Rowser said, “I think the coolest thing about our school… every type of student is represented here but at this school they walk the same halls. That’s our One Morgan thing and that’s really big for us.”

“I think the thing I’m most proud of is that we’ve created a culture of innovation, that we’ve created a culture of giving principals and teachers the autonomy to do things the way they feel will be best for the student.”

Woodard also credited leadership, educator development, governance and various partnerships as cornerstones for the system’s success. He said, in an application to the foundation, that “professional development is paramount for our educators.”

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