FCS Community Update for February 10, 2021
February 9 Post-Meeting Update
The Fulton County School Board met on Tuesday, February 9, for their regularly scheduled Work Session at the North Learning Center. Following are highlights of some of the more highly-discussed topics, with the full agenda available online. Other topics discussed or approved are available via BoardDocs.
In honor of National School Counseling Week, which was celebrated February 1-5, Superintendent Mike Looney recognized FCS counselors for their important work, particularly during these challenging times. Dr. Looney also recognized February as Black History Month and emphasized the work that many Americans have done to promote the equality and fair treatment of all our citizens.
Chief Talent Officer Ron Wade presented a COVID-19 update to the School Board. He shared that the Fulton County Board of Heath has partnered with Fulton County Schools to support COVID-19 vaccination of district personnel, including two “Super Saturday” clinics at Mercedes Benz Stadium for those meeting the criteria in Phase 1A+. A first clinic was held January 16 and served 700 FCS and Atlanta Public Schools employees, and the second was held February 6 with more than 500 FCS employees participating. Moving forward, FCS will work with FCBOH to create similar events for school/district personnel once Phase 1B vaccination is authorized. Once the events are determined, FCS will inform employees about dates, times and how to participate.
Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Teaching Amy Barger and Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services Chris Matthews updated the School Board on Senate Bill 48 (The Dyslexia Bill), which was signed into law in May 2019 by Governor Kemp. It provides identification of and support for students in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade with characteristics of dyslexia. The presentation reviewed Fulton County Schools’ three-tiered approach for dyslexia, which includes universal screening and standards-based instruction, targeted intervention, and intensive intervention. The full presentation can be viewed here.
FCS is making progress on transitioning to ATLAS, an enterprise-wide solution that will effectively organize and conduct the day-to-day business operations of the district. Chief Talent Officer Ron Wade updated the Board on this internal system, which will impact every employee and all departments when it launches January 2022. Replacing SAP, the multi-phase project is currently on-time and the transition can be expected to take place within the next fiscal year.
Beginning this month, Fulton County Schools is honoring its sesquicentennial (150 years) anniversary with a year-long project called “Celebrating the Journey.” Chief Communications Officer Brian Noyes introduced the project, a series of 12 videos that will be shared throughout the coming year. These videos chronicle Fulton County Schools over the past 150 years, emphasizing a journey which has been met with great achievements and greeted by many challenges. The first video, which serves as an introduction and overview of the project, was shown at the February 9 school board meeting. Items from the Fulton County Schools’ Teaching Museums were also on display. Click here to watch the first episode of the video series.
Fulton County Tax Commissioner’s Update
Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand presented his annual update to the School Board. Dr. Ferdinand shared that school tax collections remain consistent with the previous year, and currently 97% of outstanding tax bills have been paid. The remaining collections are expected by June 2021. Since no exemption legislation has been proposed this year, he does not anticipate any negative impacts or setbacks with collecting FY21 taxes.