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Fulton County Youth Commissioners “Give Back” to the Community

Fulton County Youth Commissioners “Give Back” to the Community

Fulton County Youth Commissioners (from left to right) Claire BeskinCathy Tang and Treva Tam prepare to carry plates of Thanksgiving dinners to homeless citizens and their families during the annual Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless dinner.  This year’s dinner was held at the Georgia World Congress Center.  The Hosea Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving dinner is one of several projects taken on by Youth Commissioners to serve those in need in Fulton County.


Fulton superintendent signs charter system application

Fulton superintendent signs charter system application

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa has taken a big step toward turning the district into a charter system.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, Avossa signed a charter system application at the Georgia Department of Education offices in downtown Atlanta.

Read more about the proposed charter system model

"This is the culmination of nearly two years of intensive study, dialogue with parents, staff and the community, and research into the best practices that will help all kids be successful," Avossa said at the ceremony. "We've received excellent feedback from the Georgia Department of Education and look forward to receiving the final recommendation."

If approved, Fulton County Schools will become the state's largest charter school district.

Happy birthday, Johns Creek!

Happy birthday, Johns Creek!

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- It's hard to believe that Johns Creek will turn five years old on Thursday, Dec. 1.

So many things have happened in the past five years, and residents are now ready to celebrate.

The annual Founders Day Parade will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 on State Bridge Road between Kimball Bridge and West Morton roads. See the route here.

Special entries in this year's parade include Homer the Brave, mascot of the Atlanta Braves; World Financial Group's NASCAR race car; and the Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums of Stone Mountain. 11Alive anchor and Johns Creek resident Karyn Greer will once again serve as emcee of the event.

Fulton guest principals to share their experiences

Fulton guest principals to share their experiences

ATLANTA -- What's it like to be a principal in Fulton County?

More than 60 residents got the opportunity to learn the answer to this question when they were selected to be "Principal for a Day" at schools throughout the district. They will reflect upon their experiences during a recap session at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at the school system's Administrative Center near East Point.

Now in its fourth year, the Principal for a Day program allows local business leaders to step into the role of school administrator and discover the challenges and rewards such a job presents. A list of participants can be found on the Fulton schools website.

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

School board announces November community meetings

School board announces November community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for November:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Monday, Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Roswell North Elementary School (10525 Woodstock Road, Roswell)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m.
New Prospect Elementary School (3055 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Tri-Cities High School (2575 Harris Street, East Point)

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
Monday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Creekside High School (7405 Herndon Road, Fairburn)

Five more Fulton schools achieve AYP

Five more Fulton schools achieve AYP

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- After summer retesting, five more Fulton County schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2010-2011 school year, the school district announced Thursday.

This means that 75 Fulton schools, or 73.5 percent of the district, reached their AYP goals.

RELATED: Fulton schools remain above state average for AYP

"I'm pleased that these five schools were successful in their tutoring and summer school programs and have earned AYP status," Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa said. "The community can be proud of the students' and teachers' hard work."

The five schools are:

* S.L. Lewis Elementary, College Park
* Mimosa Elementary, Roswell
* Taylor Road Middle, Johns Creek
* Langston Hughes High, Fairburn
* Westlake High, East Point