• HCS BOE Unified Governance   

     

    The Henry County Board of Education is composed of five members.  Board members are elected by the citizens of Henry County to a four-year term of service. 
    For assistance regarding the BOE, please contact the Office of the Superintendent at 770-957-6601. 

     

Board Governance in Henry County

  • High performing school districts start with high performing Boards of Education and high performing Boards of Education (BOE) focus their governance work around four key levers of effectiveness: 

    1. Core beliefs and commitments and an aligned superintendent evaluation
    2. Policies - Rigorous work of both reform and operational policies.
      • Reform policies emerge from BOE research and study and aim to improve the quality of education for every Henry County Schools student. 
      • Operational policies define the daily operations of a school district. 
    3. Community-inspired Strategic Plan with clearly defined initiatives that drive the direction of the district. 
    4. Community-inspired Metrics that define student success and hold the district accountable. 

    The Henry County Board of Education has developed a Unified Governance Model that ensures the stability and direction of the school district. 

Georgia Code - Related to Boards of Education

  • The role of a Board of Education is defined by Georgia law and further guided by the Georgia School Board Association’s standards for effective governance.

    Georgia law states (per O.C.G.A. § 20-2-49)

    The General Assembly finds that local boards of education play a critical role in setting the policies that lead to the operation and success of local school systems. School board members hold special roles as trustees of public funds, including local, state, and federal funds, while they focus on the singular objective of ensuring each student in the local school system receives a quality basic education. Board duties require specialized skills and training in the performance of vision setting, policy making, approving multimillion dollar budgets, fiscal management and hiring a qualified superintendent. The motivation to serve as a member of a local board of education should be the improvement of schools and academic achievement of all students. Service on a local board of education is important citizen service. Given the specialized nature and unique role of membership on a local board of education, this elected office should be characterized and treated differently from other elected offices where the primary duty is independently to represent constituent views.  Local board of education members should abide by a code of conduct and conflict of interest policy modeled for their unique roles and responsibilities.  And although there are many measures of the success of a local board of education, one is clearly essential: maintaining accreditation and the opportunities it allows the school system’s students.  

    Georgia law states (per O.C.G.A § 20-2-61(a))

    …It shall not be the role of the local board of education or individual members of such board to micromanage the superintendent in executing his or her duties, but it shall be the duty of the local board to hold the local school superintendent accountable in the performance of his or her duties.

     

  • Unified

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Governance Team Accomplishments

    • 2023 GSBA Governance Team of the Year for Large Districts (>10,000 students) Winner
    • 2023 GSBA Governance Team of the Year Finalists for Large Districts (>10,000 students)
    • 2023 COSSBA Conference Invited Guest Presenter 
    • 2022 GSBA Leading Edge Award
    • 2022 GSBA Governance Team of the Year Finalists for Large Districts (>10,000 students)
    • 2022 GSBA Exemplary Board
    • 2022 COSSBA Conference Invited Guest Presenter   
    • 2021 GSBA Leading Edge Award
    • 2021 GSBA Governance Team of the Year Finalists for Large Districts (>10,000 students)
    • 2021 GSBA Exemplary Board
    • 2021 GSBA Conference Invited Guest Presenter
    • 2020 GSBA Governance Team of the Year Finalists for Large Districts (>10,000 students) 
    • 2020 GSBA Exemplary Board
    • 2020 Georgia Vision Project Board Resolution
    • 2019 GSBA Leading Edge Award
    • 2019 GSBA Conference Invited Guest Presenter
  • The Henry County Board of Education’s focus and dedication to creating an exceptional learning environment for students and staff has earned them acclaim from peers across the state and region, as well as from professional organizations who recognize this board’s strong governance model.

    Five individuals, passionate about education and community service, form a strong alliance to push student learning and achievement to new heights with a commitment to providing opportunities and access for all scholars so they can realize extraordinary outcomes. This dynamic team has been highlighted for their unified governance model, and they have humbly accepted awards such as finalists for the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) Governance Team of the Year and designation as an Exemplary Board. They have also received awards highlighting their focus on communication, learning innovation, and more!

BOARD MEMBERS

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Dr. Pam Nutt - District 1

pam.nutt@henry.k12.ga.us
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Dr. Pam Nutt is the longest-serving member of the Henry County Board of Education.  Her tenure spans 24 years on the board.  She is a native of Henry County and graduated from Henry County High School in 1977. She holds a bachelor's degree and a doctorate from Mercer University, while also holding a master's degree from Georgia College and State University and a specialist degree from the University of West Georgia. She is a veteran educator having served 27 years in the classroom both as a media specialist, science teacher, and special needs teacher. Click to read more about Dr. Nutt.

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Mrs. Annette Edwards, Vice Chair - District 2

Vice Chair Annette Edwards is a retired educator serving the constituents of District 2 on the Henry County Board of Education.  Her experience of over 30 years in the classroom provides her with a unique perspective to serve the students and families in the northern section of the county.  Originally from Hollywood, Florida, Edwards earned a bachelor's degree from Florida Memorial College, a master's degree from Nova University, and a specialist degree from Clark Atlanta University.  Click to read more about Mrs. Edwards.

 

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Mrs. Holly Cobb - District 3

holly.cobb@henry.k12.ga.us
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Holly Cobb was born and raised in Henry County.  She graduated from Henry County High School in 1988 and continued her education at the University of Georgia.  After earning her BBA in Business Management in 1992, she started a career with Norfolk Southern.  She and her husband Wes welcomed their first child Mallory in 1996 at which point she committed to being a full-time mother to raise her family and devote her time to being heavily involved in volunteering for her church and throughout the community. Click to read more about Mrs. Cobb.

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Mrs. Sophe Pope, Chair - District 4

sophe.pope@henry.k12.ga.us
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Chair Sophe Pope is a native of Henry County and a 2005 graduate of Union Grove High School.  After obtaining her post-secondary degrees, Pope returned to her high school alma to teach Spanish.  Upon the arrival of her first daughter, Pope made the switch to being a full-time mom.  She also used this time to volunteer and lead the children's ministries at McDonough Presbyterian Church. Pope's familiarity with public education and a desire to support children and the community were key factors in her decision to run for a spot on the school board.  A blend of passion and experience is what she uses to serve her constituents. 
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Makenzie McDaniel - District 5

makenzie.mcdaniel@henry.k12.ga.us
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Mr. Makenzie McDaniel was born and raised in DeKalb County.  He is a 2003 graduate of Chamblee High School.  Upon graduating from high school, Mr. McDaniel honorably served 12 years in the Army Reserve achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his time in the Armed Forces, Mr. McDaniel deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.  While serving in the military, Mr. McDaniel served as a DeKalb County police officer for 8 years achieving the rank of Master Police Officer.  He is an ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and pastors the Trinity CME Church, Gainesville, GA.   
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  • Specialty Schools are served by all Governance Team Members.
    Academy for Advanced Studies, EXCEL Academy, Impact Academy, JB Henderson Center

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