Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle, who is retiring at the end of this school year, has added one more feather to his cap.
Nagle received the Bill Barr Leadership Award Oct.17 at a luncheon in Athens, Ga., where a Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) conference was being held.
Nagle, now in his sixth year in the school system’s head position, has spent 37 years in education. He announced in late July that this school year would be his last as superintendent.
With his retirement looming, receiving the honor this year was even more special for Nagle, he said.
Nagle was chosen out of 181 superintendents in Georgia.
“It’s overwhelming to even think about it when there are so many people who have done such wonderful things in their school systems and in their districts,” Nagle said.
CSRA Regional Educational Service Agency Director Gene Sullivan nominated Nagle for the award.
“He is a strong supporter of public education, because he knows every child deserves an opportunity to succeed,” Sullivan stated in a news release. “His positive, knowledgeable and supportive nature has made him one of CSRA’s most respected superintendents.
In his nomination form, Nagle’s greatest achievement is described as successfully leading the school system through a time of budget cuts, personnel reductions and an increasing student population.
“By having the vote of confidence from the superintendents in the CSRA district was quite rewarding within itself,” Nagle said.
The Bill Barr Leadership Award is named after Dr. Bill Barr, who served as GSSA’s executive director from 1991 to 1999. It is considered a coveted award in public education in Georgia and is given to a superintendent with strong mentoring skills.
Nagle is the 13th recipient of the award since it began in 2000.