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Vidalia Moving to Charter System of Schools
Monday, 09 June 2014

June 9-  The Georgia Board of Education has approved the Vidalia City School System's request to become a Charter System of Schools.

School Superintendent Dr. Garrett Wilcox says the move gives schools in Vidalia more flexibility.

"The flexibility that hopefully we'll be afforded, will give us an opportunity to leverage our community to provide more resources for our kids.  I don't think you'll see a huge difference from a day-to-day standpoint, but I'm hoping that as time goes on and we're able to bring more people to the table from a decision making standpoint, we'll be able to think outside the box and provide more opportunities for our kids," he said.

The charter system requires that each school in the system have a governance council including members of the community to oversee the school.

"The council includes two parents, two business people and one staff member.  We're hoping to make a conscience effort to involve different facets of the community on these teams and involve them in the decision making processes of the schools and leverage our resources here locally," Wilcox said.

"I'm really hoping that relationships will be built out in the community with our manufacturing and business folks to provide some real world opportunities for kids not only to gain a skill but also to find employment in the community when they leave high school.  We need to have those conversations with our business community to be a part of the economic development here in Toombs County," he said.

The superintendent is hopeful that added flexibility will allow for fine arts instruction in the elementary school.

"Exposure to the arts and music has been proven to help kids be more academically successful.  We hope we'll be able to move in that direction and give them more opportunities in elementary school," he said.

The school system is beginning the process of forming school governance councils and plans to have the charter system in place when school starts in August.

 

 

 
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