Charter System Renewed by State
Charter System renewed for Floyd County Schools
Posted on 04/03/2015
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Floyd County Schools was one of the first school systems in Georgia to make a move to charter system local governance five years ago and with approval from The Georgia Board of Education on Thursday, the system was renewed for another five years.  The State Board approved Floyd County Schools' renewal at their April meeting. The new charter system contract will run through June, 2020.

A renewal presentation group representing the system attended the Wednesday, April 1 meeting of the District Flexibility and Charter Committee meeting to address the group considering the renewal application.  Rachel Garland, a senior at Armuchee High School, addressed the committee as a representative of students in the school system. "The flexibility of Charter system has been good for me and the youth of our community," stated Garland. "I have been able to learn outside of the classroom in an Executive Internship which has allowed me to take a glimpse into my future career in the medical field."  The state committee was very impressed with Garland's accomplishments and goals and commended her for sharing her experience.  

The presentation group also included: Rob Masters, a community member representing the Coosa High School Local School Governance Team, a Coosa parent and vice-president of River City Bank; Dr. Brian Swanagan, math teacher at the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy; and Dr. Tony Daniel, board member representing the Pepperell area on the Floyd County Board of Education.  Also attending were: Dr. Jeff McDaniel, superintendent; George Bevels, chairman of the Floyd County Board of Education; and Amy Ozment, parent representative of the Coosa Middle School Local School Governance Team.  After the presentation, Brian Burdette, chair of the state committee, said, "I am very impressed with what is happening in Floyd County Schools - your presentation hit it out of the park!"     

The charter system application for Floyd County Schools was focused on the central goal of "Destination Graduation for every child" throughout the document.  "Everything we do now is focused on making sure our children are successful from the point of entering one of our schools to the day of graduation," commented Dr. Jeff McDaniel, superintendent of Floyd County Schools.  "It was important that our charter system application reflect our mission as a school system and community."  

The charter system renewal application was developed by a community committee made up of parents, teachers, school administrators and community leaders serving on Local School Governance Teams in schools.  The group worked for a little over a year to study our school system's operation under charter system, other charter systems across the state and the additional options of governance available.  The Charter Renewal Committee recommendation to seek continued charter system status and the renewal application was submitted to the Floyd County Board of Education for approval in October, 2014.

The renewal is focused on "Destination Graduation for every child" in innovations, operations and governance. The system will seek to:  
  • Build relationships with parents, business leaders and the community to support the concept of high school graduation for all children in the community
  • Ensure children are meeting grade level standards from the earliest grades and staying on tract to graduate 
  • Make school relevant to children
  • Provide new pathways to graduation 
The new charter contract will begin July 1, 2015. "Destination Graduation for every child will provide our school system with a renewed focus as we begin this new period under charter," added Dr. McDaniel. "I look forward to the exciting innovations that will come from our teachers, parents and community coming together for the benefit of our children and the future of our community."