Also during its meeting Thursday, the Forsyth County Board of Education approved a final calendar for the 2013-14.
The next school year will begin Aug. 8 and end May 23. It includes a full week for Thanksgiving break and has only minor changes from the current school year.
“It’s pretty similar to what we’ve been doing for the last two years, so it’s repeatable and people are getting used to it and they can expect that,” said board member Kristin Morrissey.
— Jennifer Sami
Before the Georgia General Assembly reconvenes in January, the members of the local state legislative delegation will hear from the Forsyth County Board of Education.
During its monthly meeting Thursday, the board voted to approve its top three priorities to share with lawmakers.
The first priority, said Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Buster Evans, is leveraging technology by “investing in digital content and infrastructure that supports learning not just in Forsyth County, but throughout the state.”
As in previous years, funding is another main priority for the school board.
According to Evans, the request would include reviewing the governor’s education funding commission recommendations, taking a look at the continuing increases in health insurance costs and “finding ways to ensure that it’s not overly absorbed by our employees.”
The final priority is to continue the school district’s flexibility options, including provisions and revisions to its Investing in Education Excellence, or IE2, contract.
Evans said he and the board will discuss priorities with Forsyth’s delegates, as well as parents, teachers and the community, prior to 2013.
Crow said the local school board is in a holding pattern — unsure of what education measures will be taken up by the General Assembly. But she hopes those who spoke out unsuccessfully against a charter school referendum will not be punished for their opinion.
The board, as well as the State School Superintendent John Barge, opposed amending Georgia’s constitution to allow the state to approve and fund charter schools without local approval.
Crow said she wants to put the issue behind and move on, hoping legislators will “not use this session as a way to hurt relationships between board members and our state superintendent.”
“We want to work with them and for all students in Georgia,” Crow said. “It’s not time to get petty and it’s not time to take revenge on those of us that didn’t agree with their stance.”