The Charter System
The Clarke County School District officially became a Charter System July 1, 2016.
Facts about Charter Systems:
- A Charter System is established through a contract between the local Board of Education and the State Board of Education (see the CCSD Charter Contract here)
- Currently, there are 42 Charter Systems across Georgia
- Charter Systems are given more flexibility from one-size-fits-all state laws, rules and restrictions through the use of waivers
- Charter Systems are expected to increase student achievement by using flexibility to use new and innovative approaches to education
- In Charter Systems, individual schools have more local control over governance
- In Charter Systems, parents, families and community members share in school decision-making
In CCSD, the mission of the Charter System is to:
- Focus on creating dynamic Local School Governance Teams (LSGTs) with real decision-making authority at each school made up of the Principal, parents/guardians, school employees, community members, and students.
- Implement innovative programs and services that are aligned to the assets and needs of students, families, school staff and communities.
- Improve student achievement by improving student wellbeing, while taking a holistic approach to education.
- Grow future community leadership through recruitment, training and service.
- Challenge our LSGTs and our community to use their skills, passion, expertise and resources to help our students and schools to succeed.
LOCAL SCHOOL GOVERNANCE TEAMS (LSGTs)
Local School Governance Teams (LSGTs):
- Have a real voice in school decisions related to school improvement, goal-setting, operations, curriculum & instruction, school finances and personnel.
- Identify strengths and areas of need in the school and surrounding community.
- Create and implement plans that focus on student success, as well as the overall wellbeing of the school and surrounding community.
- Apply for and receive funding from the district to implement innovative programs and services.
- Act as ambassadors for schools in their communities.
- Follow the bylaws found here.
Each LSGT includes:
- The School Principal (co-chair)
- 3 Parents/Guardians (voted on)
- 3 School Employees (voted on)
- 3 Community Members (selected)
- 1 Student at Middle and High School only (selected)
- Up to 2 At-Large Members (selected)