Floyd County Schools was one of the early adopters of the charter system form of governance in Georgia and was the largest system in Georgia to be approved for charter system at the time the system was originally approved by the state a little more than four years ago. The term of the first charter was to run for five years so the system is now in the process of applying for a renewal of the charter to begin a new term in July, 2015. The system will hold a public hearing to receive comments and suggestions from the community on Thursday, October 16 at 5 p.m. at the Board of Education building on Riverside Parkway.
The community has actually been involved in the renewal process for the last year as members from the community Local School Governance Teams from the system's schools have worked to develop the renewal application. Two members of each Local School Governance Team representing school administrators, teachers, parents and community leaders have made up the committee to study current charter systems and the operation of our school system under charter. The group took the best of what they learned from their study to recommend innovations, waivers from state law and board rule, and governance to include in the renewal application.
The draft of the application is available online on the system's website at Charter Application.
There will be a second public hearing on Thursday, October 30 at 3 p.m. at the Board of Education Office on Riverside Parkway.
The Local School Governance Teams for each school and the Floyd County Board of Education are also reviewing the draft of the application developed by the Charter System Renewal Committee. The Local School Coordinating Council will also review the document.
The focus of the new agreement will be to help the system achieve its goal of Destination Graduation for each child. All charter innovations and waivers are focused on helping the system meet this community goal. The committee studying teens not completing high school have developed five key areas of focus that helped to drive the application. The focus areas are:
1. Build relationships with parents, business leaders and the community to support the concept of high school graduation for all children.
2. Ensuring children are meeting grade level standards in all core content.
3. Reduce the impact of retention
4. Making school and courses relevant to children
5. Provide pathways to graduation that are relevant to 21st century learners.
The application is due to the State Board of Education on November 1, 2014.