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Courier wins statewide education award
A member of the audience takes a snapshot as Courier Publisher Mark Griffin shakes hands with GSBA President Joseph White after he presented the Beacon Award at last Friday’s Georgia School Board Association conference in Atlanta. - photo by Photo provided.
The Georgia School Boards Association has awarded the Coastal Courier the GSBA Beacon Award for its coverage of local education.
Publisher S. Marshall Griffin was on hand to accept the award last week at the association’s annual conference in Atlanta. The newspaper was nominated by the Liberty County Board of Education.
Liberty County School System public relations director Demeré Bowen said she nominated the Courier because editor Pat Watkins “has always gone above and beyond the call of duty” in publishing news from area schools. “He’s always been accommodating,” Bowen said.
The Beacon Award is given annually to media organizations or individual reporters and editors who go above and beyond in covering education issues in the community.
Liberty County Superintendent Dr. Judy Scherer said she wanted to recognize the paper’s openness and willingness to help the district share its information with parents. “Articles on special needs education and AYP (adequate yearly progress) help us keep our parents informed,” she said.
Griffin recognized the professionals in Liberty County schools who work hard to help students reach their potential and said he thinks the Courier news staff has done a great job helping readers understand what’s going on in school.
“We were honored to receive the Beacon Award for our educational reporting of the Liberty County School System. Providing a quality education for our children is the most important thing we can do in our community and the Courier is committed to helping reach that goal,” he said.
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