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Henry County School enrollment
tops 41,000


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  The total enrollment in the Henry County School System was 41,025 as of Aug. 5, according to comments at last week’s Board of Education study session.

  Virgil Cole, assistant superintendent for administrative services, informed the board of the number and said that a few teachers had been added at various levels throughout the county due to a slightly higher enrollment than had been projected. The growth is district-wide.

  Cole’s report on enrollment came after an update by superintendent Rodney Bowler on the start of the 2014-15 school year. Cole also presented a list of back-up disciplinary hearing officers and foreign exchange students, all of which were approved by the board at Monday’s regular meeting.

  Allen Guimarin, executive director of facilities and maintenance, spoke to the board last Wednesday about various construction/renovation/capital projects across the system. He gave information on bids for the final phase of the wireless data network upgrades for the administrative buildings. Bowler recommended approval of the low bid, and the board voted to do that.

  Tony Pickett, assistant to the superintendent for strategic planning and development, addressed the board regarding a timeline and process for discussing and/or pursuing a charter system application with the Georgia General Assembly.

  Each district in the state must declare an operating system for their district to the state by June of next year, according to school system officials. There are a few options, one of which is making a school system a charter system. This would mean the entire school district is under a charter with the state to provide broad flexibility for educating students in exchange for meeting certain achievement levels/targets. No board action was taken on this item.

  Bowler reviewed the training plan requirements for board members with regard to Georgia School Boards Association training, and he recommended several administrative personnel actions which were approved by the school board.

  Steve Cash, executive director of the Henry Council for Quality Growth, attended last Wednesday’s study session, was recognized and spoke briefly about the role of education in Henry County’s overall quality of life.

  Austin Road Elementary student Erika Prophete provided the inspiration to begin Monday night’s regular board meeting, after which state Rep. John Yates (R-73) was recognized.

  Several principals and administrators were cited for participating in and completing the school system’s new leadership program known as the Five Star GOLD Leadership Academy. All completed the V.A.L.U.E. cohort, according to school system officials.

  A $25,000 donation from AT&T to the Academy for Advanced Studies was announced Monday, with further information to come in the next few weeks.

  The board approved the following job descriptions: assistive technology teacher; communications and community relations coordinator; federal grants financial manager; afterschool enrichment program manager; and math instructional lead teacher Title I secondary.

  Also approved were the 2014-15 Local Board of Education Training Plan and a recommendation from Bowler to set the next two regularly scheduled board meetings (in September and October) as public hearings to consider the submission of a charter system application to the Georgia Department of Education.

  The board has adopted a new agenda format for meetings, grouping business items according to the district’s strategic plan and coinciding focus areas – student achievement; culture, climate, and community; and quality assurance.

  Updates on action taken at study sessions and in regular meetings are posted in real time via Facebook and Twitter.



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