Strategic Plan: Forsyth County Schools ask for public input

Funding future schools could pose problem

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County’s growth has not slowed in recent years, and school officials are paying attention.

What used to be a strategic plan every five years has morphed into a three-year plan. Forsyth County School district will put together their strategic plan to focus on goals, strategies and action plans.

The public is being asked for their input and a deadline has been set for feedback on Feb. 8.

Jennifer Caracciolo, a school district spokeswoman said the community suggestions will be taken to the board of education for approval on Feb. 21.

The strategic plan will begin implementation July 1.

Board of education member Kristin Morrissey has been speaking at homeowner’s association meetings and encouraging parents to take a look at the strategic plan.

“It is very detailed and it is very broad and it’s going to guide us,” Morrissey said. “As a parent myself, when I read it, I want to make sure I understand it.”

Morrissey said it has been a lot of work putting the plan together.

Funding sources, dealing with continued growth and a facilities review of each school will be combined with the strategic plan to see what the district needs to prioritize.

“It’s great we are getting all that information,” Morrissey said.

Board of education member Tom Cleveland said the growth in population has been steady in the county and a recent preliminary budget analysis has showed about an $11 million deficit.

“That’s always a concern, but we don’t know what the economy is going to hold for us next year,” Cleveland said. “We are being mindful of finances. We are trying to determine the growth and when we have to build a new school.”

Cleveland said no new schools are in the horizon, but the strategic plan will help guide the board on whether to issue bonds or how to best deal with growth.

The board is soliciting public input at this time. Next steps include, any additional tweaks based on feedback and a presentation and vote Feb. 21.

“We have to look into the future,” Cleveland said. “We are constantly evolving. Whether it’s the environment, technology, education, laws. A lot of things change so rapidly nowadays that we have to stay on top of it or it becomes old real quick.”

Visit www.forsyth.k12.ga.us to give input and learn more about the strategic plan.