Businesspeople to shadow Clayton principals

They get a chance to 'grasp education process in action’

JONESBORO — Ever wonder what it takes to run a Clayton County public school? Next month’s Principal Partner’s Day — where business people shadow school principals for half a day — could be your chance to find out.

“It’s a great opportunity for businesses to be able to connect with Clayton County public schools, to know what’s going on behind the scenes, to really be able to get a grasp of the educational process in action,” said Crystal Black, vice president of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce.

Principal Partner’s Day is scheduled for Oct. 30, with applications now being taken. A mixer and orientation for those whose applications are accepted will be held next Tuesday.

This year will mark the third time the chamber has worked with Clayton County Public Schools for the event, and thus far it’s proved very popular.

“We’ve had more businesses to participate than we’ve had schools,” Black said. “People have also shadowed with central office, with the superintendent, with the deputy superintendent.”

Black said that the goal is to show how schools and businesses can work together.

“It’s only a day, but we hope that people will continue the relationship throughout the year and have more engagement, so that when they have businesses come in for career days where there have been partnerships, there will already be a connection,” Black said.

For more information, visit the chamber’s website at www.claytonchamber.org or call 678-610-4021.