TSBA Announces Greeneville City Schools Board of Education as School Board of the Year

Members of the Greeneville City Schools (GCS) Board of Education are:

  • Cindy Luttrell, Chair
  • Craig Shepherd, Vice-Chair
  • Josh Quillen, Treasurer
  • Pamela Botta
  • Crystal Hirschy
  • Steve Starnes, Director of Schools

GCS Board Chair Cindy Luttrell stated, “It is an honor to receive this award, and I think it is reflective of the  school system we’re privileged to serve from students and their parents to all staff and our community.”

GCS Director of Schools Steve Starnes stated, “This is quite an honor for Greeneville City Schools and I want to say thank you to the Board for their leadership, service, and commitment to our students, staff, families, and community.”

Some of the many accomplishments by the 2021 School Board of the Year include:

  • Has consistently been a Board of Distinction for the past 16 years.
  • Reviews policies, on an annual basis, to begin in June of each year.
  • Annually, the Board reviews their schools performance targets set by the Tennessee Department of Education.
  • The board annually attends TSBA events and meetings to stay up to date.
  • Social media is an essential part of the district’s communication plan.
  • Hosts an annual breakfast in January for Tennessee legislators to share our support for public education.
  • The Board regularly speaks with the Mayor, Aldermen, and Town Administrator to communicate progress, expectations, goals, and needs in the district and in schools.
  • 2022 Niche Rankings recognized the board as #1 Best School District in the First Region, #4 in Tennessee, and Top 5% in the Nation.
  • Their high school won a 2020 College Success Award from GreatSchools.org.
  • One of their middle schools has been recognized as a Microsoft Showcase School for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Highland Elementary School has been recognized as a Bronze Level Demonstration School for Response to Instruction and Intervention for Behavior (RTI2-B) by the Tennessee Department of Education.
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, the nutrition team has served 106,516 meals through its curbside pickup program.
  • Their board members are active in the TSBA Boardsmanship program.
  • All board members serve on at least one district-wide committee.

A statewide, nonprofit organization, the Tennessee School Boards Association is a federation of all the state’s school boards. TSBA’s mission is to assist school boards in effectively governing school districts. Through the years, TSBA has helped school boards and their members reach their highest potential through Association programs, meetings and services. TSBA also provides school board members a collective voice in matters of legislation and public education concerns. For more information about TSBA, visit our website at: www.tsba.net.

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