Aug 10, 2018 Notes

posted Aug 24, 2018, 9:54 AM by Forsyth PTO/A Council

Thank you everyone for attending our Aug 10th kick off meeting.
Here are some resources to pass on to you.
Break out sessions information can be found at our resource page.

Please share with everyone who attended today, and please encourage them to invite any members of our district office team to present at PTA/PTO Meetings.  Working together, we will be able to reach our families. We are also looking at ways to utilize current technology to communicate and inform our parents and community.
Thanks for ALL you do!  

Debbie Smith
Director, Student Support Services
Forsyth County Schools, GA
(770) 887-2461 ext. 202335

Student Advocacy Specialist

The purpose of the position of Student Advocacy Specialist (SAS) is direct interaction with selected “high risk” students k-12.  These high risk students may be identified by school administration, school counselors, the Department of School Safety, the Department of Special Education, or Student Support Services.  No student will be placed on the caseload of a SAS without final approval from the Department of School Safety.  

SAS’s are not expected to conduct medical or therapeutic sessions as this would be out of the scope of their training.  However, they are expected to maintain a basic knowledge to help deescalate difficult situations with students and to participate in supportive conversation with their students.  

All SAS’s will report to School Safety only.  No outside responsibilities (including coaching) will be added to the caseload unless approved by school safety.  

SAS’s will maintain a flexible schedule that will allow for travel as well as support meetings after normal school hours.  SAS’s are not required to do in home visits when they feel it is not safe.  

Students should be visited a minimum of one time a week. 

Oct 10 2017 Meeting Notes

posted Oct 19, 2017, 10:03 AM by Forsyth PTO/A Council   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 11:25 AM ]

At the October 10th General meeting we were honored to have the following Forsyth County School heads of departments come and speak to us. 
Below are notes they wish to share and their contact information if you have more questions.

McKnight, Bill
Chief Facilities Officer
phone  202131email
School Initiated Projects 

Food and Nutrition
Valerie Bowers
Bowers, Valerie
phone  202425email

Richardson, Brad
Director of Procurement Services
phone  311150email

Good Morning Pam


It was a pleasure being able to speak with your group.  Please know that we’re always available to assist or consult.


One of the topics that came up was Playground equipment.  Please see attached, which was sent out also to all bookkeepers this week.   This list is not mandatory, nor is it exhaustive.  It is however a good place to start as each of these Vendors are linked to a government solicited contract which guarantees certain pricing and terms.  It also includes a copy of the Immigration Document that was also discussed and would be required by State Law for any project exceeding 2500.  


Thank you



Brad Richardson


Director of Procurement Services
Forsyth County Schools

770-781-6603 (X311150)

Student Emotional Well Being

 Debbie Smith

Smith, DebbieDirector
Student Support
phone  202335email

Hi Pam.


I enjoyed meeting with all of you yesterday.  Attached is the Powerpoint and documents we discussed.  Please share with your team.  I’m hopeful they will share with their members at their schools.  I’ve also included links below for ease of access.  Please call anytime!




CASEL    (There is a link to the video I showed you at the top of the webpage)


Happiness Advantage   (Impactful and humorous)



 Great You Tube Videos


See also files attached to this page

Debbie Smith

Director, Student Support Services

Forsyth County Schools, GA


 High Performing Leadership Makes Visions Reality...


Forsyth County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or gender in employment decisions or educational programs and activities.

August 8 2017 School of Information

posted Aug 9, 2017, 11:58 AM by Forsyth PTO/A Council   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 1:06 PM ]

Over 65 PTO and PTA Board members from the county attended the event

Superintendant Breardan spoke 

District Overview 2017-2018.docx

Suggestions from the floor
  • Add a Facebook Group - here it is
  • Like to hear from more speakers about programs and policies in Forsyth County 
  • Option to participate in Reflections for PTO's who buy into the program to participate at the local level

Money Management Powerpoint  

SOI Money Matters.pptx

President Power Point

President Training-Nicole.ppt

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