Stan Davis of Carroll County will be the new superintendent for the Banks County School System.
The Banks County Board of Education, by a unanimous vote during a called meeting on Monday, named Davis as the single finalist for the position. Several people were interviewed for the position, including interim superintendent Donna Reed.
Details for the contract for employment, including the date for Davis to begin work, will be developed by the board in the coming weeks.
Davis is currently associate superintendent of the Carroll County School System, a position he has held since 2012. He served as assistant superintendent of Hart County Schools from 2008 to 2012. Davis spent much of his career in Carroll County before moving to Hart County. He served as a teacher, coach and assistant principal of Bowden High School, assistant principal of Villa Rica High School, and principal or Bowden High School, all within the Carroll County School System.
According to a press release issued on Monday evening, after reviewing applications and interviewing a number of candidates, the Banks County Board of Education determined that “Davis is the best applicant for the position of superintendent.” The board selected Davis from among a total of 36 applications that were received.
Because of the importance of superintendent selection, the board devoted a great deal of effort and time to the superintendent search and followed a structured and deliberate process over a three-month period. The board advertised the position widely and considered community and employee input to develop the profile and selection standards that were used in the selection process.
According to the press release, in making its decision, the board considered “skills of each applicant, knowledge of and familiarity with Banks County schools and the community, fit of applicant leadership style with the people and needs of the system, and each applicant’s potential to move the school system forward in areas of student achievement and financial efficiency in the coming years.”
A number of skills, traits and accomplishments caused the board to select Davis as the next superintendent.
“He is well matched to the characteristics and qualifications rated most important by school system employees and community members,” according to the press release. “In electronic surveys, both staff and community emphasized the need for high ethical and moral character, success as a classroom teacher, willingness to listen to parents and staff, ability to be a visible part of the schools and the community, and a strong work ethic. The board also considered Davis’ wide range of experiences at all levels of educational leadership. The board found strong evidence that Davis meets all fo the highest rated characteristics and qualifications.”
Davis had experience in curriculum, accreditation, leadership development, economic development, community relations and school improvement. He has been responsible for supervision of principals, budget development, instruction and facilities.
Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in 1988 and his master’s degree in 1990, both from West Georgia College. He earned an education specialist degree from the State University of West Georgia in 1998 and education specialist certification in administration from the State University of West Georgia in 2004. Davis also completed Georgia’s Superintendents Professional Development Program in 2013.
The board was unanimous in its decision to name Davis as the single finalist for the position.
In response to the board’s action, David stated, “I am honored to have been named superintendent of the Banks County School System. I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the children of this area. I look forward to becoming an active part of the community. Banks County has a great reputation for academic excellence across the state, and I am committed to serving to the best of my ability.”
Davis is married to Katie Davis. They have one daughter, Annie who is five years old, and one son, Pepper who is eight years old. The Davis family will be relocating to Banks County in the next few months.