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Superintendent Barge Presents First Phillips Award

Recognition named for Condyce Phillips, a cafeteria manager who helped Superintendent Barge write a better story for himself

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358, or Keisha Ford-Jenrette, GaDOE Recognitions Office, (404) 657-2949,

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April 24, 2012
-- State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge presented the first Phillips Award to Condyce Phillips this past Thursday.  Mrs. Phillips was the cafeteria manager at Griffin Middle School in Cobb County when Superintendent Barge was a student. She helped Superintendent Barge and countless others write a better story for themselves.

While bringing remarks at the Georgia School Nutrition Association’s 57th Annual Conference, Superintendent Barge presented Mrs. Phillips with this new award that was created to recognize school support staff who have had a tremendous impact on the lives of others.

“Condyce Phillips showed me great kindness and compassion, which helped me see that school was a safe and supportive place," said Superintendent Barge. “One of the first things I wanted to do after becoming Superintendent was to name an award for Mrs. Phillips and give others the opportunity to nominate a school staff member who helped shape their lives for the better."

Nominating a school staff member
Once each quarter, one support staff member will be selected for this award. The nomination form can be requested by emailing Keisha Ford-Jenrette at

Phillips Award Application.doc