School board to hone priorities for tight budget
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
October 14, 2012 01:18 AM | 1902 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Cherokee County Board of Education members will consider proposed legislative and budget priorities for the upcoming year during the board’s work session Thursday.

The meeting will be conducted at the historic Canton High School board auditorium at 6 p.m., with the regular meeting following at 7 p.m.

Additionally, board members will be asked to consider a draft of the district’s newest five-year strategic plan through 2016. The three plans will be finalized at the board’s Nov. 1 meeting.

Chairman Mike Chapman said his main priority is focusing on teaching and learning, despite ever-decreasing budget woes.

“(Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo) is saying next year’s really going to be bad and there may not be room for new ideas,” Chapman said. “We may have to look at ways to cut our expenses and still get our jobs done.”

Chapman said it is also important to focus on maintaining high expectations after the district reported the highest total average SAT score out of all 180 school districts in Georgia for its 2012 graduating class.

“We want to keep that going, even in a difficult financial environment,” Chapman said.

At the regular meeting, board members will be asked to consider school improvement plans for each school in the district.

The 2012-13 plans are aligned with CCSD’s five-year strategic plan and include each principal’s job targets and performance evaluation.

Each plan consists of three- through five-year measurable objectives aimed at improving student achievement in the district’s testing measures, including the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test, the Georgia High School Graduation Test and state Georgia End-of-Course Tests.

Also, each plan includes several other plans, including a school technology plan and professional development plan among other school-specific objectives.

A copy of each school improvement plan is available in the lobby of Building A in the Cherokee County Board of Education’s administration facilities in downtown Canton, according to a letter from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo attached to the meeting’s agenda.

In other business, the board will review a proposal for a new parent drive at Holly Springs Elementary School. Proposals were submitted Wednesday and copies have been given to each school board member for their review and consideration. A summary of the proposals will be available at the meeting

Also at the meeting, the board will:

* Consider the August financial report and sales tax update; and

* Consider the approval of several new and amended partnership agreements, including that of the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, Cherokee County Department of Juvenile Justice, G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA and Kennesaw State University.
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