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Town hall meetings set for Fulton charter system model
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Town hall meetings set for Fulton charter system model

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County School System will hold three meetings in early October to update parents and residents about the charter system process.

Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium or cafeteria.

North Fulton
Monday, Oct. 3
Milton Center (86 School Drive, Alpharetta)

Central Fulton
Wednesday, Oct. 5
Lake Forest Elementary (5920 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs)

South Fulton
Thursday, Oct. 6
Westlake High (2400 Union Road SW, Atlanta)

At last week's school board work session, Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa shared three main themes for how the proposed charter system would improve student achievement: people, curriculum, finances.

"Fulton held a series of community meetings last year and these were the resounding themes that were heard from parents and staff," Avossa said at the work session. "We are now developing a strategy to innovate in these key areas and using them as a foundation for how we could benefit as a charter system."

Avossa also debunked some of the misconceptions about the charter system concept, saying, "It's important to know that a charter system is not the same as a system of charter schools. This doesn't mean that each school will have its own charter -- it means that we are approaching this from a district standpoint and how charter status can provide our system, as a whole, more flexibility."

Now that the three key areas have been laid as a foundation for the district charter petition, the October town hall meetings will give the community a better idea of what's ahead if the Georgia Department of Education approves the petition in December.

"This has been a lengthy but very engaging process for the school system," Avossa said. "Deciding to pursue charter system status gave us an opportunity to really look at the district and see where we could use the charter flexibility to better serve our students."

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