The local leaders enjoyed an inside look at three CCSD schools: the new E.T. Booth Middle School, which opened in August; Clark Creek Elementary School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy, which opened in 2012 and is part of the School District’s innovative Cherokee Academies initiative; and Etowah High School, a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School.
The tour coincided with the Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence 21st annual Bus Tour, a statewide event through which state business and community leaders and educators visit selected schools. The partnership chose Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy as the first stop on its tour.
Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Chairman Randy Gravley of WLJA 101.1 FM was among the business leaders to climb aboard the bus.
“The business community, as well as all of our citizens, needs to see the great schools, teachers and technology that we have in the Cherokee County School District,” he said. “We all need to continue to make sure to tell our school system’s stories and successes!”
The vision for “Get on Board! with CCSD Schools” is to better educate local leaders about the outstanding schools in the school district and how they can be a part of their success, school leaders said. In addition to classroom tours, the event, which is co-sponsored by Credit Union of Georgia, included lunch and a wrap-up meeting for participants to share their thoughts and suggestions and learn about partnership opportunities.
John Wallace, constituent services representative for U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) said the tour showcased active teaching and learning, innovation in the classroom, effective use of technology and school leadership.
“Our schools — elementary, middle and high — are focused on training our students to compete with the world,” he said. “This was a great learning experience for us taxpayers — it’s easy to see how our money is being spent.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo said it’s important for business and community leaders to see for themselves why the school district and its students win so many national and state honors and to become more involved.
“Outstanding public schools are a magnet for growth and economic development, and strong partnerships between our schools and its leaders will only lead to an even more prosperous future for our students and our community,” he said.
Another tour will be next school year to showcase schools including the new Teasley Middle School, set to open in August.
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