Community engagement is a trademark of charter systems, and as such, the district started the exploration process by holding seven meetings throughout the community to gather input in October and November 2010.
These meetings, which represented an initial listening phase, were held at Johns Creek High School, Westlake High School, Roswell High School, Independence High School at Milton Center, Creekside High School, Tri-Cities High School, and Riverwood International Charter High School.
Format of the Community Meetings
The first session of each forum was devoted to a large-group presentation on what a charter system is, what is in state law, and what Fulton could do differently as a charter system.
View the Fall 2010 Charter System Presentation
Listen to the Fall 2010 Charter System Presentation
The second half of each meeting allowed participants to engage in smaller, facilitated breakout sessions to discuss the following question:
Describe the ideal school for your student(s) in the following areas:
- Curriculum and Instruction
- School Culture
- Monitoring Results and Accountability
- Use of Funds
- Hiring of Teachers and Administrators
Participants also had the opportunity to prioritize the impact of ideas generated in the breakout sessions from their perspective.
Comments during the breakout sessions at each Fall 2010 community meeting were posted here on the Fulton Charter System website for public view.
All input, both from publicly held community meetings during this phase and those received online through this website, was collected in its original form. Due to the inclement weather in January, a report of initial findings was presented to the Fulton County Board of Education during its combined work session and meeting on January 20, 2011.