2017-11-23 / People

Allen Fort receives Distinguished Alumni of the Year award for School of Education

ALLEN AND LISA FORT ALLEN AND LISA FORT Allen B. Fort has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award for the School of Edu­cation at Georgia Southwestern University in Americus, Georgia. He is currently Superintendent/ Principal of Taliaferro County Schools in Crawfordville.

As Superintendent Fort has au­thored grants for sustained educa­tional and technological programs totaling $9 million. He has been employed by the state as a School Improvement Specialist assigned to facilitate positive change in needs improvement middle and high schools and was also involved with the creation of the graduation coach program in Georgia with the Georgia Department of Education where he supervised, trained, and collaborated with superintendents, principals, teachers, and graduation coaches in middle and high schools in middle and South Georgia.

Fort was named one of the top five superintendents in Georgia 2014-15 by the Georgia School Superintendent’s Association. He was an original member of the first Principal’s Advisory Board created by Superintendent Kathy Cox to advise her on high school issues around the state. He was the first principal recognized by the Geor­gia Scholastic Press Association as an outstanding principal in Geor­gia, 2006.

Following the Distinguished Alumni of the Year award, a sur­prise award was presented to Fort and his wife, Lisa. Longtime friends of the Forts and Georgia Southwestern State University Alumni, Alf and Marianne Tuggle, presented “The Fort Family Schol­arship,” a permanent endowment that will honor the Forts and their son, Thomas Taylor Bowles Fort, for many years to come.

Allen Fort is a former assistant principal of Lincoln County High School, and his wife, Lisa, is a Lin­colnton native. In Fort’s remarks, he acknowledged Andy Henderson, former principal of Lincoln County High School, as well as the staff at Lincoln County High School as contributing greatly to setting him on the path to making a difference in students’ educational experienc­es in the state of Georgia.

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