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Forsyth County Education Foundation to fund teacher innovation
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Also during its monthly meeting Thursday, the Forsyth County Board of Education was presented with a timeline for the process to adopt next year's budget.

The timeline shows the first draft will be presented on May 12 for initial approval on May 19.

After receiving the tax digest from the county on June 1, the budget will be advertised June 5-10.

It then will be reviewed and potentially amended June 10-18 and approved on June 16. The millage rate will be set in July.


-- Kayla Robins

FORSYTH COUNTY — A committee appointed by the Forsyth County Board of Education has announced it will be awarding grants to teachers for innovative projects.

This is the first initiative for the Forsyth County Education Foundation, which the school board approved in July. It is intended to mirror the Learner Profile that monitors student achievement in the county.

“It’s so important that we get this off on the right foot, and this looks like you’re doing the right job,” said Darla Light, who chairs the school board.

The board members each appointed one person to the committee. The appointees have varied professional and community backgrounds.

Brad Collins of District 1, Brian Richey of District 2, Tina Gable of District 3, Donna Wade of District 4 and Janet Otwell of District 5 are creating additional opportunities for the community to work with the school system to “support innovative teaching and increased student achievement.”

For this first round of mini-grants, a total of $10,000 will be distributed, donated by RBM of Alpharetta.

Teachers wishing to apply for a grant must have a project that is innovative, creative and/or extends the scope of “typical school activities.”

According to the application, “The foundation does not fund basic school supplies, food and/or refreshments, debt reduction, college scholarships, salaries or routine purchases that would typically be made by the school or school district.”

Schools/departments may submit one application, which must be approved by the principal or a supervisor.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 1 and should be emailed to Grant recipients will be announced Sept. 16.