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Fulton Schools roll out strategic plan at Fox Theater


Audience of business and community leaders will hear district plans for next five years



October 10, 2012
ATLANTA — Looking to make a big splash with the roll-out of the district's five-year strategic plan, officials with the Fulton County School System are set to hold the event at one of Atlanta's most prestigious venues – the Fox Theater.

"It's about putting a spotlight on the event, and for me, personally, a call to action," said Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa. "I'm rolling out the plans for this district, and what the goals are for me and my staff."

The invitation-only event will be Wednesday, Oct. 10, and brings together education community leaders as well as elected representatives and the business community. To reach the lofty goals outlined in the five-year blueprint will require a strong partnership between Fulton Schools and the business community.

The event costs at the Fox Theater are being covered by local businesses at no cost to the school system.

While the details on the strategic plan will be outlined at this week's event, Avossa said they follow three main goals:

85 percent of graduates meeting the requirements to attend the top 10 colleges in Georgia;

90 percent of students graduating in four years;

100 percent of students "work-ready" at graduation.

"These are audacious goals," said Avossa, who is in his second year as Fulton superintendent. "There is nothing that's going to be easy. We are setting a benchmark for Fulton to be compared to the greatest districts in the nation, not just the [metro area systems]."

While the Fox Theater event is limited to an invited audience, Avossa said the event will be videotaped and shown on the school system television station. In addition, informational sessions will be held in each of the four learning communities in the coming weeks for the general public to hear more about the strategic plan.

This has been a busy year for Fulton Schools. The system became Georgia's largest charter school system at the start of the year; the entire organizational structure at the central office level was modified to place more resources in the community; and the system was subdivided into four learning communities. On top of this, the state rolled out the Common Core Standards, which will align instruction with a national curriculum.

Avossa said the strategic plan will not pile more work onto already burdened schools.

"These are central office functions and initiatives – the local schools are going to be the recipients of [our work]," said Avossa. "We did not want to put another 20 or 30 new things to do for schools. It's all about how central office is changing their roles and function to [benefit] the schools."

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