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Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

Fulton County Launches Online Poll Worker Training

Fulton County Launches Online Poll Worker Training

Atlanta, GA--  (sent by Fulton Communications)  Fulton County’s Department of Registration and Elections will begin Online Poll Worker Training on March 31, 2011. The online training contains the same curriculum as what is taught in the existing training class.

The web-based course covers polling place procedures that are to be carried out prior to the election, during the election and after the election. It includes video demonstrations, pop quizzes and a final exam. Participants can complete each section at their own pace.

Fulton County Public Works Seeks Public Comment Regarding Transportation Projects

Fulton County Public Works Seeks Public Comment Regarding Transportation Projects

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by Fulton Communication)  Fulton County wants your input to develop recommendations about the county’s future transportation needs through the year 2040.  The Transportation Investment Act requires each of the state’s 12 regions to conduct regional roundtable consisting of the Commission Chair from each county along with one mayor from each of the counties.

Your participation is extremely important in the planning process and to the development of the project list.

Atlanta Fire Dept. Receives $9.8 Million Federal Grant

Atlanta Fire Dept. Receives $9.8 Million Federal Grant

Atlanta, GA--  Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the Atlanta Fire Department received a grant for $9.8M from the Dept. of homeland Security and FEMA.  The funds are part of S.A.F.E.R., which is an acronym which stands for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.  The award provides for:

  • an increase in staffing and enhanced efficiencies on emergency incidents by providing four firefighters to staff each fire apparatus;
  • enhanced overall safety of citizens and firefighters; and,
  • reduced multiple fire station responses to emergency scenes, which include additional staffing and equipment for  2nd and 3rd Alarms.  

2 Public Hearings Scheduled regarding College Park Elementary Closure

2 Public Hearings Scheduled regarding College Park Elementary Closure

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by Susan Hale, Communications for Fulton Schools)

The Fulton County Board of Education will hold two public hearings in February to discuss the closure of College Park Elementary School in College Park. All parents and community members are welcome to attend and voice their concerns or submit written comments.

The hearings will be held Tuesday, February 15, at the Fulton County Schools Administrative Center (786 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta) and Thursday, February 24, at Dunwoody Springs Elementary School (8100 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs). Both hearings begin at 6 p.m. and will last 45 minutes.

The school board voted January 20 to move forward with the process of closing College Park at the end of the 2010-11 school year due to a steadily declining enrollment and renovations needed at the current building.

Alan P. Pryor Named Economic Development Director for South Fulton Special Services

Alan P. Pryor Named Economic Development Director for South Fulton Special Services

South Fulton, GA--  (submitted by Fulton County Government)

Fulton County Manager Zachary Williams has appointed Alan P. Pryor as its new Economic Development Director for the South Fulton Special Services District.  Pryor will oversee the County’s efforts to promote economic growth and the creation of jobs within Fulton County, with a specific focus on unincorporated South Fulton.

This South Fulton Special Services District-funded position will help to recruit new industries, support existing businesses, and expand local employment opportunities.  As the economic development Director, Pryor will also manage staff assigned to the Office of Economic Development and Business Services.

Fulton County School Board to Hold meetings at the State Capitol February 1st

Fulton County School Board to Hold meetings at the State Capitol February 1st

Atlanta, GA--  On February 1st, the Fulton County Board of Education will meet at the State Capitol for a discussion of board ethics and conflicts of interests within some of their policies.  Other agenda items include an update on the systems 2010-11 goals and the status on the Charter School System exploration processs which has just started.

The Board will break its meeting for a lunch with State Legislators and to discuss their current superintendent search.

NOTE: All meetings of the school board are open to the public unless designated as executive session where, by law, the board must convene in private to discuss land, legal or personnel items. Any vote resulting from executive session discussion, however, will occur in an open public setting.