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Retiring Duval County School Board Member
Wins National Award

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Jimmie A. Johnson

Retiring Duval County School Board Member Jimmie A. Johnson has been named the 2004 recipient of the annual Queen Smith Award for commitment to Urban Education by the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS).

The award is presented by CGCS and the McGraw-Hill School Division to honor Queen Smith, a vice president for urban programs with the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., who spearheaded various inner-city school initiatives.

The annual award is bestowed on an urban school educator who has "made significant contributions to education and to the community." Nominees must be serving in the interest of children as an employee or board member in a district represented by the Council. The Queen Smith award winner receives $1,000, and the Council is awarded $1,000 for its programs that "serve as models for educating future generations." The Smith Award was presented to Johnson on October 22, 2004, at the Council's fall conference in Las Vegas.

Johnson represents Duval County, District 5 and has been a member of the School Board since November 1996. Johnson is a former principal, coach and teacher in Duval County Public Schools; he served as principal of William R. Raines Highs School from 1979 through 1995. Prior to becoming a principal, Johnson worked as an athletic director and football coach at William M. Raines, New Stanton, and Stanton Vocational high schools. He began his teaching career in 1958 as a teacher at Moncrief Elementary, now Saint Clair Evans Academy. Johnson retired from Duval County Public Schools in 1996.