Dalton Public Schools Superintendent Tim Scott was recently honored with the 2022 Outstanding Leadership in School/Community Relations Award by the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA).
Every year, GSPRA recognizes excellence in the field of school public relations and commitment to the organization through their professional awards for members. In addition, GSPRA honors communications leadership through the Outstanding Leadership in School/Community Relations Award for those who are not PR professionals.
This award recognizes an individual, other than those directly responsible for a public relations program, who has proven himself or herself to be a leader in using effective school/community relations to build support for public education in his or her community.
Dr. Scott said it was an honor to receive this award.
“I want to thank the Georgia School Public Relations Association for selecting me for this distinguished award,” Dr. Scott said. “I feel this recognition would not be possible without the support of the district’s communications team as well as other administrators and staff.”
Pat Holloway, chief of staff, nominated Dr. Scott for this award. She said it was clear from his first day on the job that he was going to make school and community relations a priority.
“Dr. Scott understood that the most effective way to build a firm foundation of leadership was to build trusting relationships, engaging all stakeholders and provide effective two-way communication,” Holloway said. “Over the last four years, Dr. Scott has consistently found ways to ensure he is connected to stakeholders.”
Holloway lists the establishment of Teacher, Parent and Student Advisory Councils as one of many ways Dr. Scott works to connect with stakeholders in the Dalton Public Schools community.
“One of his first orders of business upon his arrival to Dalton was to establish a Teacher, Parent and Student Advisory Council made up of representatives from each school,” Holloway said.
“While he uses these councils to share accurate and timely information from the district, his primary goal is to listen to their input and perceptions of the work in the schools and district.”
Holloway said that in an increasingly competitive environment for public school districts, Dr. Scott leads the district by building trust and two-way communications between families, the community and schools.
“Engaging families and developing mutually beneficial relationships in the community is vital to the continued success of any public school,” Holloway said. “Dr. Scott understands the importance of two-way communication and prioritizes school/community relations in Dalton.”