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Clayton Schools to give strategic plan update

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Clayton County Public Schools officials are inviting members of the public to hear an update this weekend, on how the school system is doing at meeting the goals outlined in its strategic plan.

The school system is hosting its second strategic planning update session of the 2010-2011 school year on Saturday, from 9 a.m., to 10:30 a.m., at the S. Truett Cathy Professional Learning Center, located at 1087 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro.

The meeting's organizer, school system Director of Fine Arts, Kay Sledge, said the meeting will simply let members of the community know what progress has been made in the district, since the last update meeting, which was held last September.

"Twice during the school year, we will hold these strategic plan update sessions," Sledge said. "It's just something where we go over the district's goals ... and we provide information about what is being done to fulfill each goal."

Sledge, who also oversees accreditation for the school system, said the update meetings are part of the school system's ongoing effort to regain its full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The school system lost its accreditation in 2008, but regained it, on a two-year probationary basis, in 2009.

One of SACS' standing recommendations for improving Clayton County Public Schools, is to conduct a systemic strategic planning process that includes input from community stakeholders, Sledge said. "One of the reports we got [from SACS] recommended we continue to hold these community update meetings," she said.

Sledge said members of the community will be allowed to ask questions, and get responses, about the strategic plan, at the meeting.

In addition to the strategic plan update meeting, the Clayton County Board of Education has also announced it will hold a retreat on Saturday, from 8 a.m., to 1 p.m., also at the Professional Learning Center. Much of the early half of the retreat will consist of school board members attending the strategic plan update session.

From 10:45 a.m., to 12:15 p.m., however, Clayton County Tax Commissioner, Terry Baskin, and Clayton County Public Schools Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Stefanie Phillips, will give a presentation on budget processes. The school board will then set a schedule for future professional development sessions, for board members.