Carroll County School System is pleased to announce that Scott Cowart, Superintendent of the Carroll County School System, has been chosen as the 2019 recipient of the Georgia Music Educators Association’s (GMEA) Friend of Music Education Award for the State of Georgia.
“There is no other person more deserving of this honor, and I am so proud of our State Association for recognizing Mr. Cowart’s support of fine arts in Carroll County,” said Neil Ruby, Director of Bands at Central High School.
The award is given to honor an individual who has gone above and beyond to support music education in our schools. Superintendent Cowart is a 39-year veteran educator and leader who demonstrated his passion for Fine Arts education with the recent opening of the Carroll County Schools Performing Arts Center. The 42,500 square foot venue is the most acoustically calibrated facility of its kind in the western portion of Georgia and has hosted hundreds of events since opening in July of 2017.
Patti Martin, Director of Bands for Temple Middle School added, “The arts in Carroll County, including band directors, chorus directors, students, and community all owe Mr. Cowart a debt of gratitude for his unyielding support of our programs. Mr. Cowart thinks outside the box to secure funding for music education in our school system. He is responsible for spearheading the goal of having a performing arts center that showcases the talent of our students. He saw this goal to completion and we have a premier facility that the entire community, the university, and our students have the distinct pleasure to perform in. Mr. Cowart has changed the face of music education in Carroll County with his support of our school programs. We could not have achieved the successes we have enjoyed without his persistent and loyal support.”
Cowart stated, “I am honored to receive this recognition. I share this honor with all of our music educators and our Board of Education who are passionate about providing premier experiences for our students in music, drama, and other fine arts activities.”
Superintendent Cowart will be recognized at the GMEA In-Service Conference that will be held in Athens, Georgia in January.