While summer break may be here for students, training to convert Barrow Schools into a charter system starts now, and there is a lot of work ahead for school leaders, parents, business leaders and community members who want to be involved in local education.
Current school leaders discussed that concept in Friday at the initial training session for moving into the new way local public schools will be governed.
In March, the state granted Barrow County Schools charter system status, a move that allows more decision-making on the local level.
About 200 participants showed up at Apalachee High School for last week's seminar and got an tutoring on what the 2011-12 school year will look like and the process of how decisions will be made.
“We are now granted the flexibility to run our schools in the way we haven't before,” Sherrie Gibney-Sherman said, a contracted consultant the system hired during the petition drafting process. Gibney-Sherman has been working with the school system for the last 5 years in developing its petition.
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