Special to the Citizen
(ATLANTA)- Today, the Morgan County School District’s (MCSD) charter was renewed for a ten year term by the State Board of Education. This action will allow the MCSD to expand on their initiatives already in place as they continue to institute changes proven to increase student achievement. Charter systems have been instrumental in advancing innovative polices to realize new educational opportunities in Morgan County. “In today’s competitive 21st century economy, we must ensure that every student is equipped with the knowledge and training they need to find a high-quality job,” said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. “Innovative charter systems are an important tool to provide access to a world class learning environment that realizes the full potential of each student and I appreciate the Morgan County School System’s diligent work to improve education in Georgia.”
As a part of the charter approval, MCSD will continue to award Innovative Mini-Grants to teachers/schools/system to improve student growth in identified areas of need and the success of grant activities will be measured with pre and post-assessments and targeted goals, design and use integrated courses which cover curriculum standards for multiple subject and Create opportunities for credit-earning internships and externships in Grades 9-12, among other enhancements. MCSD’s mission is “is to ensure that all students will be successful in their learning and personal development through a system characterized by extensive community and parental involvement, quality resources, an exemplary staff, a safe and caring environment, and a challenging, personalized educational program encompassing advanced technology.”
Charter systems have proven effective in addressing the specific and unique needs of individual school systems, embarking on new relationships between each board of education and their communities. Lt. Gov. Cagle has been steadfast in his commitment to embracing new education models where the school becomes an epicenter for community involvement, leading to greater levels of student achievement by increasing pathways to career success.