Dr. Jeff Bearden, superintendent of Forsyth County Schools, has been named a finalist for 2019 Georgia Superintendent of the Year by the Georgia School Superintendents Association, according to the school system.
Finalists were selected for their leadership ability and working with their local school boards, staff and communities, according to the GSSA. Other finalists include Samantha Fuhrey (Newton County Schools), Noris Price (Baldwin County Schools) and Mark Scott (Houston County Schools).
The winner will be announced in December.
Bearden was also a finalist last year. Dr. Curtis Jones with Bibb County Schools won and went on to be named the national superintendent of the year by GSSA’s parent organization, the American Association for School Administrators.
Bearden has led Forsyth County’s school system since 2014, when he left the same position with Rome City Schools to follow former Forsyth County superintendent Buster Evans.
“Being selected as a Georgia Superintendent of the Year finalist for the past two years is an honor, but it is also very humbling,” Bearden said in a statement. ““What gives me the greatest joy is the validation of the great work that is happening in Forsyth County Schools. It doesn’t happen without strong board leadership, visionary principals, an outstanding corps of faculty and staff, engaged parents, a supportive community and talented students.”