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Superintendent Floyd Earns GSSA President’s Award

Hart County Charter System Superintendent Mr. Jay Floyd is a recipient of the 2022 Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) President’s Award.

This prestigious honor is awarded to superintendents for outstanding leadership in their school system and community, and was presented to Mr. Floyd at the GSSA Spring Bootstrap Conference in Savannah, Georgia.

Mr. Floyd was nominated by Pioneer RESA Executive Director Justin Old, who cited gains in the Hart College and Career Academy over the past several years as a factor for the nomination.

“Mr. Floyd has engaged in intentional, ongoing conversations with local industry leaders. His goal has been to determine the specific needs of local employers. Knowing these needs has allowed the district to change pathways offered to students and improve classroom instruction. The school system wants to consistently graduate employable citizens,” a recommendation letter said.

Under Mr. Floyd’s leadership, local funding for the Hart College and Career Academy has been increased to support pathway program improvement. Mr. Floyd has also emphasized the importance of expanding the district's Work-Based Learning (WBL) Program. Under Mr. Floyd's direction, the academy's WBL enrollment has increased by 38%.

In 2021, the CTAE (Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education) Pathway Completer Graduation rate at the Hart College and Career Academy was 100%. This is a testament to Mr. Floyd's vision for the College and Career Academy.

Aside from the strides made in the Hart College and Career Academy, Mr. Floyd has led the school system to several other notable accomplishments. In FY21, the System Cognia Accreditation Index of Educational Quality (IEQ) score increased from 279 to 339.03. The National Average is 278.34 – 283.33. Hart County High School has a 97% Graduation Rate, the No. 7 highest rate in the state of Georgia. Hartwell Elementary increased to an 82.5 CCRPI score and earned the Governor’s Silver Award for Greatest Gains over 3 years.

North Hart Elementary increased to an 80.4 CCRPI score and was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Lighthouse School. The system was recognized by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts with the Award of Distinction for Excellence in Financial Reporting in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. The District was awarded the National Crystal STAR Award of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention and Prevention.

Mr. Floyd has served 34 years in education, 7 of which have been in his hometown of Hart County. Mr. Floyd currently serves on the Governor’s Advisory Board, the Regional Educational Service Association’s Board of Directors, the University of Georgia Advisory Board, the Emmanuel College Advisory Board, the UGA Archway Executive Committee, the Hart County Board of Health, the Library Board, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Executive Board. He is a 1982 graduate of Hart County High School. Mr. Floyd received a Bachelor of Science degree from Carson-Newman College before receiving an M.A.T. in Education from Carson-Newman and an Ed. S. in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. Mr. Floyd has also been inducted into the Carson-Newman Hall of Fame.

Mr. Floyd most recently announced his retirement effective June 30, 2022.