Christopher B. Erwin, superintendent of Banks County Schools, was named 2013 Georgia Superintendent of the Year at the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) and Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) annual conference on November 30, 2012.
The Banks County Board of Education submitted the nomination based on the accomplishments of Mr. Erwin and the school system under his leadership. Erwin is in his tenth year as Superintendent in Banks County and has led the system to multiple consecutive years as meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
The nomination cited additional accomplishments under his leadership including decreased dropout rates, increased SAT scores, increased GHSGT scores, and increased CRCT scores in almost all subject areas, increased percentage of students with disabilities who receive instruction in the regular education setting, increased percentage of highly qualified teachers, and decreased achievement gap between students with disabilities and regular education students. Since Mr. Erwin came on board at Banks County, all elementary schools and the middle school have been recognized as Title I Distinguished Schools. In 2006, the SAT scores exceeded the state average resulting in Banks County High School winning the Governor’s Cup for the SAT scores. Banks County Middle School has been cited for excellence in education with the receipt of the Governor’s Silver Award in 2006, Banks County Primary School received the Gold Award in 2010 recognizing the school’s outstanding achievement, and Banks County Middle School was named a “Breakthrough School” in 2011. In 2011, Banks County Elementary School was the recipient of the Platinum Award in recognition of the greatest gains in percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards based on the 2010-2011 CRCT testing. Banks County High School was heralded as a Bronze Award winner for 2010-2011 for highest performance on the Georgia High School Graduation Test. U.S. News World Report released the fourth edition of the Best High Schools rankings during the spring of 2011 naming Banks County High School to the list. Additionally, SchoolDigger.com, The Web's Easiest and Most Useful K-12 Search and Comparison Tool for Parents, ranked Banks County School System as number 10 among the best school districts of the state.
“Erwin's commitment is unparalleled. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that each and every student in Banks County Schools receives a quality education,” said Neal Brown, chairman of the Banks Board of Education. Erwin has been superintendent of Banks County Schools since 2002. Prior to becoming superintendent, he served as principal, assistant principal, teacher and coach in Carroll County and Henry County.
Erwin was chosen from among thirty or so nominations and a group of four finalists that included Thomas Lockamy, Savannah-Chatham County Schools; Will Schofield, Hall County Schools; and Michelle Taylor, Calhoun City Schools.
“It is an honor to have been chosen for this esteemed award. I thank my family for their continued support,” said Erwin. “I am fortunate to have the support of knowledgeable board members who share the vision of excellence for Banks County, and I am privileged to work with hard-working and dedicated Cabinet members, principals, administrators, teachers, and support staff who make our students their number one priority every day,” Erwin said.
Erwin will go on to represent Georgia in the national superintendent of the year program. The winner will be announced in February at the AASA National Conference on Education.