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Rockdale County Board of Education honored in special week
Headshots of Rockdale County Board of Education members Mandy North, Pam Brown, Wales Barksdale, Heather Duncan, Sandra Jackson-Lett, Jim McBrayer, Akita Parmer.Conyers, Ga. –  Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) is joining in a statewide celebration this week to salute the efforts of local school board members. The week of March 14 - 18, 2022, has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The weeklong observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education.

“We appreciate the hard work and dedication of all members of our Board of Education,” said Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts. “This esteemed Board has earned the Georgia School Boards Association’s Exemplary Board designation for each eligible year, a total of six times, and has won the Leading Edge Award for the past three consecutive years. Our Board continues to provide the necessary resources to support our students and staff as we navigate the ongoing global pandemic. Board members are engaged in the community and regularly attend district and school events and activities throughout the year. We are truly thankful for their good stewardship and efforts to keep RCPS a great place to learn and a great place to work.”    

Board members are elected to be the community’s voice on education and represent a continuous commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education.

The men and women serving our school district and their years of service are:

Mandy North (Chair)                      9 years (January 2013)
Pamela J. Brown (Vice Chair)          5 years (January 2017)
Wales Barksdale                          17 years (January 2005)
Heather Duncan                            5 years (January 2017)
Sandra Jackson-Lett                      3 years (January 2019)
Jim McBrayer                                9 years (Jan. 2010-Dec. 2018, April 2020)
Akita Parmer                                 1 year  (January 2021)
As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing school personnel, providing buildings and equipment, operating a transportation system and disbursing school funds. As community leaders, school board members serve as advocates for the children in local public schools and must study, evaluate, and decide what actions are in the best interest of those students.

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) sponsors the celebration. The mission of GSBA is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy, and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s 180 elected boards of education. Please visit for more information.