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Proposed changes to educational specifications being presented at November 9 work session

The Fulton County Board of Education will meet for its November 9 work session at the school system’s Administrative Center, located at 786 Cleveland Avenue SW in Atlanta.

The school board will convene at 12:30 p.m. and immediately move to executive session. Following executive session, the meeting will reconvene in public for workshop presentations and the business agenda.  Recognitions will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. and public comment will be heard no later than 6:30 p.m.

Workshop Topics
Once in open session, the school board will hear a presentation on the update of educational specifications. “Educational Specifications” (often called “Ed Specs” for short) are a guiding set of standards that help achieve proper facility planning and equity among school buildings.

The workshop will focus on proposed changes to the prototypical elementary, middle and high school designs currently used for construction, including revisions to square footage and design requirements. The revised educational specifications, once approved by the school board, will guide how schools are planned and built for the Capital IV Program.

The update process began with input from district curriculum representatives, area superintendents and principals. The proposed revisions were then posted to the Fulton County Schools web site for  community input. This information also has been shared with the newly appointed Community Construction Advisory Committee for their review and recommendations.

Recognitions and Public Comment
Each month, the school board recognizes outstanding students, staff and schools that have been honored at the state, national or international level. This activity begins at approximately 6:00 p.m. and public comment will be heard no later than 6:30 p.m.

Online Agenda and Videostreaming
The meeting agenda is posted to the BoardDocs web site, an online program that makes the school board agenda and all supporting documents available online. The meeting locations are equipped with wireless technology that allows access to the Internet and the BoardDocs agenda site; however, those visiting with laptops must have supporting wireless software in order to be connected to the wireless network.

School board meetings can be watched live from a computer screen using special viewing software, such as Windows Media Player or RealPlayer. Audio and video recordings of the meetings are archived to the videostreaming web site within 48 hours of the meeting.

All meetings of the school board are open to the public unless designated as executive session, where the board must convene in private to discuss land, legal or personnel items.