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GSBA gratefully thanks the following individuals for their contributions to this manual:


• West Georgia College Professor Roy Nichols, who also served as a former school superintendent, for serving as editor, a writer and project manager


• Phil Hartley, Sam Harben, Chester Gibson and others who provided materials and assistance throughout the project


• Gary Lister, Bleckley County board of education member, for serving on the focus group and for writing the foreword


• Tony Arasi, GSBA director of professional development, Sis Henry, GSBA executive director; Angela Palm, GSBA director of policy; Don Rooks, GSBA director of legislative and superintendent services; and Laura Reilly, GSBA director of communications, for writing and reviewing material


• Donna Davis, GSBA communications staff assistant, for typing and inputting information into the online eBoardsmanship, and to Zenda Bowie, director of field services, for proofing the manual


• Participants of the focus group for providing such valuable insight into what this manual should be:


Sadie Dennard, Atlanta City Board of Education
Eddie White, Clayton County Board of Education
Jo Ann Tomlinson, Clinch County Board of Education
Marc J. Wisniewski, Decatur City Board of Education
Nancy Roche, Forsyth County Board of Education
Lee D. Highsmith, Gainesville City Board of Education
Guy Dean Benson, Jefferson City Board of Education
James E. Fleming, Jr., Jefferson County Board of Education
James Walker, Muscogee County Board of Education
Jerry T. Chastain, Pickens County Board of Education
Helen B. Minchew, Richmond County Board of Education
Judy Sims, Rome City Board of Education
David L. Banks, Thomaston-Upson County Board of Education
Samuel G. Brown, Turner County Board of Education
Franklin L. Pinckney, Sr., Ware County Board of Education


Many thanks also go to the late Freeman F. Leverett, who as general counsel of GSBA wrote much of the original text of “What School Board Members Must Know.” We remember him well.


Funding of this publication was made possible with a grant from the Georgia Department of Education, led by State School Superintendent Kathy Cox. GSBA is deeply appreciative of the support of this initiative by Superintendent Cox and the Georgia Board of Education.