The Cherokee County Educational Foundation elected officers at its meeting last Thursday.
The organization is dedicated to supporting Cherokee students and staff by promoting teaching and learning and celebrating achievements, is aimed at seeking funding and resources to enrich district schools in areas not fully funded in the regular school program.
At the meeting, the foundation adopted its bylaws and elected officers and committee chairpersons. The officers, who will serve one-year terms are: President Billy Hasty Jr., Vice President Billy Peppers, Secretary Anne Coffman, Treasurer Doug Barnes, Assistant Secretary Peggy Moore and Assistant Treasurer Amanda Arnold.
Hasty Jr., of Hasty Pope LLC and chairman of the Reinhardt University Board of Trustees, said he has a deep commitment to the community, especially in education since his father was once superintendent of Cherokee County Schools.
“I can see a lot of positive results from schools here going forward and reaching their potential,” Hasty Jr. said. “I just feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the school board. We have an excellent education program in Cherokee County and anything I can do with the school board I feel fortunate to be a part of.”
Additionally, Kevin Williams, manager of Canton Chick-fil-A, was decided as fundraising committee chairman, Arnold will also serve as awareness committee chairwoman. Peppers, executive director of the city of Woodstock Downtown Development Authority, as compliance committee chairman and Barnes, a CCSD parent, as finance committee chairman.
The board is made up of 16 members including five ex-officio, non-voting members, including the chairman and vice chairwoman of the Cherokee County Board of Education, Mike Chapman and Janet Read; Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo or his designee; CCSD Assistant Superintendent for Financial Management Candler Howell or his designee; and the Cherokee County Council of PTA President Adam Belanger.
School district spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said the 11 charter voting members are community leaders who were selected based on their support of Cherokee schools and varied backgrounds. Future members will be nominated by Innovation Zone lead principals on a rotating basis, she said.
Additionally, the foundation has incorporated and registered as a non-profit organization with the state and will apply for 501 (3)(c) status for tax purposes.
This will allow individuals, businesses and organizations to make tax-deductable contributions as well as allow the foundation to pursue competitive grants.