The Dougherty County School System, DCSS, of Georgia is facing a slightly longer delay until the submission of their application for a college and career academy. Seamless Education Associates consultant Russ Moore would like for the district to delay its submission, allowing for board members to review the document thoroughly before submission to the state charter commission. Seamless Education Associates is the consulting company working with the board of education to secure a successful bid for the charter academy for the district. Three critical areas of focus on the application are location of the facility, the governance board, whom will oversee operations and logistics, and program offerings and areas of study. In addition, the consultant says the language for the 3.1 million dollar grant application from the Technical College System of Georgia needs re-tweaking for better understanding and conciseness, and to help secure the grant.
In the year 2012, DCSS failed to establish a charter academy due to their lack of sufficient metrics for a governing board. Having a clear and succinct plan for the establishment of a governing board is crucial this go round if the system desires the successful implementation of a college and career academy. As defined in SB 161 (OCGA 20-4-37), signed by Governor Nathan Deal on May 11, 2011, a “College and Career Academy” means a specialized charter school established by a partnership which demonstrates a collaboration between business, industry, and community stakeholders to advance workforce development between one or more local boards of education, a private individual, a private organization, or a state or local public entity in cooperation with one or more postsecondary institutions.
According to a recent issue of PAGE One, the circulating magazine for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, two area high schools have seen notable increases in their graduation rates. Monroe High school and Albany High school are the two schools recognized in the June issue. The graduation rate increases were seen between the years of 2011 and 2014. Both high schools once boasted low graduation rates, 54.5% for Albany High and 47.4% for Monroe High. Now as of 2014, Albany High and Monroe High has seen a 41 percent and 31 percent increase respectively. A great accomplishment indeed! DCSS Superintendent says a lot of hard work is being done to keep schools up to par with curriculum, state, and local standards, in addition to dedication and belief circulating in the minds and hearts of all whom are involved. Results for the recent past school year are currently being figured. These figures should be out soon, which will include summer graduation numbers.
Dell and DCSS partnership are a good to go deal, smooth sailing ahead as DCSS continue to implement its technology initiative. 14,000 computer tablets were purchased by DCSS. Some 6500 have already been delivered during phase one of the initiative. Phase one consisted of a pilot platform where tablets were issued to certain schools and training for students and teachers were completed. Phase two will consist of touchscreen laptops being handed out to all middle and high school students, with all schools being fully equipped by the end of the 2015 school year.
Being dubbed the 1-to-1 technology initiative, its goal is to equip all students with the necessary technology for success inside and outside the classrooms. Hence, elementary school students are not left out. They will receive tablet computers as well. Costing less than previously implemented tablets, Associate Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Ken Dyer say the touchscreen laptops are more in line with the learning needs and motives of middle and high school students. Albany Middle school will be the first of the middle schools to receive the touchscreen laptops. Associate Superintendent Ufot Inyang said the 1-to1 technology initiative was a think outside of the box initiative geared toward heightening the students’ awareness in school and to increase learning during the learning process. Technology is a very useful tool to help students learn at greater and increased rates. The new Apple Watches can be the next innovative, think out of the box, tool to be used inside and outside the classroom to enhance learning outcomes. We shall be on the “watch” to see what is new, looming in the horizon!
http://www.albanyherald.com/search/?sortby=date&q=Dougherty+School+Board+delays+vote+on+academy -Dougherty School Board delays vote on academy
http://www.albanyherald.com/search/?sortby=date&q=Graduation+rates+spike+in+Albany -Graduation rates spike in Albany
http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2015/jul/13/dougherty-county-school-system-1-to-1-tech/ -DCSS tech initiative proceeding
http://georgiacareeracademies.org/ -Georgia College and Career Academies