Dr. Samuel T. King was named 2011 Georgia Superintendent of the Year at the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) and Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) annual conference on December 3, 2010.
The Rockdale County Board of Education submitted the nomination based on the accomplishments of Dr. King and the school system under his leadership. Dr. King is in his sixth year as Superintendent in Rockdale County and has led the system to meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the past five years. In addition, 100% of the district’s schools met AYP for the past two years.
The nomination cited many additional accomplishments under his leadership including maintaining a debt-free school system and his work to develop and implement a five-year strategic plan using a microcosm of the community to assist in its planning and oversight. The district has experienced rapid growth and changing demographics over the past ten years. Nine years ago, the system consisted of 13,000 students, only 27% economically disadvantaged and 32% minority. Today, the system consists of nearly 16,000 students, 63% economically disadvantaged and more than 70% minority. Research shows that as the economically disadvantaged population increases, student achievement decreases. Rockdale County has defied the norm and has shown an increase in student achievement amid this rapid change.
Dr. Samuel King created the RCPS Cycle for Results which details how the system operates and strives to expose each student to high expectations across each subgroup with no barriers when it comes to rigorous coursework, safety-net support for students who struggle, enrichment for students who exceed standards and highly effective teachers in each classroom.
“It is an honor to have been chosen for this prestigious award, and I thank my family for their continued support through the long hours of my position,” says Dr. King. “I am fortunate to have the support of knowledgeable board members who share the vision of excellence for Rockdale County, and I am privileged to lead the hard-working and dedicated Cabinet members, principals, administrators, teachers, and support staff who make our students their number one priority every day.”