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Second meeting on flexibility is Monday
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Forsyth County News
The public has a second opportunity to weigh in the Forsyth County school system’s pursuit of flexibility from some state mandates.

Monday’s hearing is the second of two on the district’s application for Investing in Education Excellence, or IE2, status.

If the plan is accepted by the state board of education, the school system would receive flexibility from some state requirements in exchange for increased accountability.

Monday's public hearing will conclude our two months of efforts to share information and receive ideas for improvement on the IE2 partnership contract," said Jennifer Caracciolo, district spokeswoman, adding 75 people attended the last meeting. "We ... expect a slightly smaller turnout Monday evening, which would reflect our slowdown in online feedback since this is the conclusion of the process."

The local school board approved the application Feb. 26.

The meeting will be held at Otwell Middle School (click for map) to “accommodate a larger crowd than our board room and encourage staff, parents and community members to attend,” Caracciolo said.

“The school board and staff will be on hand to answer all questions concerning IE2, as well as receive stakeholder feedback for improvement,” she said.

The district is seeking flexibility in 14 areas, including class size, instruction scheduling, student promotion and retention and language assistance and early intervention programs, among others.

The state board will review the proposal and possibly make modifications.

Negotiations between the boards likely will continue until April, when the state could approve the proposal.

If the plan is accepted, each of the county’s 35 schools would then get to decide which, if any, areas of flexibility to use.