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School chief finalist for state honor
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Forsyth County Schools’ superintendent has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Superintendent of the Year.


The Georgia School Superintendents Association's committee announced Buster Evans and the other three finalists on Wednesday. The winner will be named in December.


Finalists were chosen from a field of 22 nominees. Evans was nominated by each member of the local school board and cabinet, as well as the district’s 35 school principals.


“We are thrilled for Dr. Evans to receive this outstanding recognition,” said Tom Cleveland, chairman of the school board. “He is truly worthy of the honor because he is dedicated to improving public education for every student, teacher and parent in Forsyth County and across Georgia.”


Cleveland went on to say that Evans “envisions new and innovative goals for us to achieve and is not afraid to forge to unknown territories to do what is best for students.”


“In addition to continuing the high quality of educational opportunity well recognized in Forsyth County, [he] led our district with increased SAT scores, higher graduation rates, and the creation of the R4 Digital Dashboard that reports organizational performance indicators.”



Other finalists for 2012 Superintendent of the Year include Will Schofield of Hall County, Emily Lembeck of Marietta and Chris Erwin of Banks County.


The four finalists must next complete a document prepared by the American Association of School Administrators and submit it for a second round of judging, said Hebert Garrett, executive director of the state superintendent association.


“The winner, who will represent Georgia in the national competition, will be named during the Dec. 2 awards luncheon that is part of the annual Georgia School Boards Association/ Georgia School Superintendents Association's Winter Conference,” Garrett said.


Evans, a 2007 finalist for Georgia Superintendent of the Year, joined Forsyth County Schools that same year.


Prior to that, he served as superintendent of the Bleckley County school system for 10 years.


Evans was appointed by then Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as a trustee of the Georgia Teachers Retirement System, where he currently serves as chairman.


Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed him to the Education Funding Study Commission.