The Purpose of Local School Governance Teams:

The greater flexibility provided by the charter system allows the Clarke County School District (CCSD) to achieve specific and rigorous goals towards increasing student achievement. CCSD also recognizes the need to improve communication with and participation of parents and the community in the improvement of local schools. CCSD believes parent and community support is critical to the success of students and schools.

As a charter system, the district is moving decision-making in key areas to the school level by creating Local School Governance Teams (LSGTs). Critical functions of LSGTs include:

  • Bringing communities and schools closer together in a spirit of cooperation.
  • Helping the Clarke County Board of Education develop and nurture participation, bring parents and the community together with teachers and school administrators to create a better understanding of and mutual respect for each other’s concerns, and share ideas for school improvement
  • Inspiring students to achieve at high academic levels through challenging and innovative learning opportunities that support the development of students’ individual talents in partnership with families and the community
  • Helping to set the long-term direction of their school as well as to design and implement school-level innovations that are responsive to their local school and community needs

The charter system is built on the collective strengths of the neighborhoods that attend each school. Each community school and its neighborhood have different strengths and assets.

  • The charter system allows each LSGT to prioritize school improvement efforts based on each neighborhood’s strengths and needs.
      • the “neighborhood” is defined as the attendance zone for each school in the district
      • “Community school” represents the framework that aligns the assets and the needs of students, families, teachers, and the neighborhood around the common goal of improving the success of young people and growing future leadership from within
  • Each community school will be strengthened by partnerships forged by and through the innovative work of LSGTs

The charter system specifically focuses on the following priority challenges set forth in the District Strategic Plan:

  • To strengthen community school and neighborhoods through strong collaboration with parent, district, and neighborhood members to support student academic growth, socio-economic development, and physical wellbeing
  • To create dynamic learning experiences for all students to close the achievement gap and to prepare them for college and careers

Support for LSGTS:

  • Chief of Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships
    • Claire Suggs
  • School Governance Advisory Team:
    • Broderick Flanigan
    • Demond Means
    • Emily Bonness
    • Fred Smith
    • James Barlament
    • Kirrena Gallagher
    • Rachel Irwin
    • Raye Rawls
    • Russ Cook
    • Sherrie Gibney-Sherman
    • Tommie Farmer
    • Xernona Thomas