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Central mom tapped for state council
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Forsyth County News
A Forsyth County mother has been selected to work with 27 other parents from across the state on the Georgia Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council.

Angelia Johnson volunteered last year as a Title 1 parent representative at Forsyth Central High School, which her son attends.

This year, she was nominated to serve on the state council.

“I’m aware of the issues that parents at Forsyth Central have,” Johnson said. "There’s lots of things they seem concerned about.

“But I have to represent the entire county, so I can’t just focus on Forsyth Central. Being friends with other parents from other high schools, I can use input from what they’ve told me and what they’re concerned about.”

Central Principal Rudy Hampton said it's her dedication to her son’s academic career and the time she spends helping the school that got her nominated.

“She does extremely well in serving on committees and we thought she’d be a perfect fit because service is her niche,” Hampton said. “She not only cares about her child, but she always works hard for the interests of all the students at Forsyth Central.”

The state council’s first meeting is Oct. 6, with other meetings scheduled in January and May.

The sessions are designed to let parents provide feedback and input on new state policies, projects and materials.

They can then share the information with schools, fellow parents and community members.

“Parents play a vital role in the education of their children,” said Georgia School Superintendent Brad Bryant. “I look forward to working with these parents and seeking their advice on how to encourage and strengthen parental involvement in our state.”

Johnson said being a single mother for 14 years may give her a different perspective from some of the other parents on the council.

“I’m aware of the difficulties you have raising a child by yourself,” she said. “I looked at it as if I can help, even if it’s just being the liaison -- someone that just communicates information back and forth -- I’m more than happy to do that if it benefits the school, the community and of course my son.”