Education: Gina Byars retires from Rome City Schools after 22 years of service. Bartow County Schools earn ‘Golden Radish’ award for farm-to-school efforts.

Gina Byars has retired from Rome City Schools after 22 years of service; she’s also married to Superintendent Lou Byars.

Media release: Gina Byars, current Rome City Schools Human Resources Coordinator, announces her retirement on Friday, Aug. 31.

“I have so enjoyed my time with Rome City Schools,” said Byars. “The teachers, faculty and staff are my family, and I wish them many years of continued success.”

“Mrs. Byars has been an integral part of the Human Resources Department in Rome City Schools for over 22 years,” said Tashia Twyman, Director of Communications and Public Engagement at RCS. “Her vast knowledge, hard work, commitment and dedication are worthy of admiration.”

Angela G. Newby will be replacing Byars as the new Human Resources Coordinator with the system.

Newby moves in to this new role with Rome City Schools with over 20 years of combined experience in payroll, human resources and finance. Most notably, Newby has served as the Payroll and Human Resources Coordinator for the Pierce County Board of Education for fifteen years, and for the past three years, has been the Finance Director and then Human Resources Director of the Meriwether County Board of Education.

The Bartow County School System is set to receive its fourth consecutive Golden Radish Award in October, but this time school leaders are being recognized for the first time at the Platinum level, the highest honor there is! This award recognizes school districts for promoting healthy eating habits through farm-to-school and local food procurement practices. Did you know more than two million BCSS meals a year include locally grown items?!

The Golden Radish Award is given to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in Georgia who are doing extraordinary work in farm to school. The Award is presented by the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Public Health, the UGA Cooperative Extension, and Georgia Organics. LEAs are recognized at five levels. PlatinumGoldSilver, and Bronze Radishes are awarded to recognize LEAs with varying levels of farm to school programs. Honorary Radishes are awarded to programs that are just getting started and satisfy at least 1 criterion within the Bronze level or higher. LEAs that satisfy the Gold level for all ten criteria are awarded a Platinum Radish. An additional award, the Outstanding Award, is given to the district/LEA with the outstanding farm to school program.

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