Communities in Schools presentation expected at Coweta BOE meeting Tuesday

By REBECCA LEFTWICH
rebecca@newnan.com
A revamped Communities in Schools effort may will get a boost Tuesday, as area volunteers plan to present some long- and short-term goals to the Coweta County Board of Education.
The school system is gearing up to reinstate the support program, with plans to “move toward helping us place a site coordinator in one of the elementary schools,” according to Coweta School System Superintendent Steve Barker. Barker said Coweta schools are working in tandem with Communities in Schools volunteers, who hope to get a board of directors up and running in time to establish the program at some point during the 2013-14 school year.
Communities in Schools “works within the public school system, determining student needs and establishing relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations to provide needed resources,” according to its website, communitiesinschools.org .
“It’s truly one of the purest forms of community partnership,” Barker said. “It will be a great addition to our school system.”

At its March 12 meeting – which starts at 6:30 p.m. at 167 Jackson St. – the board also is expected to:

• Hear an update from Central Educational Center CEO Mark Whitlock, who serves as the school system’s legislative liaison.

Whitlock has been monitoring flexibility legislation, which may include the shaping of an additional option for Georgia districts required to choose a path by 2015.

More than 20 systems already have chosen to operate as charter systems. In addition, schools currently can choose to have progress assessed according to status quo, strategic systems or Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2).

• Nominate a Coweta County School System delegate and alternate for the Georgia School Boards Association annual conference.

• Renew its membership contract with RESA.

• Approve a collaborative agreement with West Georgia Technical College’s Adult Education Department.

• Accept an easement agreement with the City of Newnan for access through the Maggie Brown School parking lot to city property.



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