It’s hard to believe, but we have been operating as a Charter System for nearly two years! Throughout this transition, we’ve seen greater transparency and increased engagement. A major factor in these improvements is the work of our GO Teams. Each school in our district has a nine-member governance team that works collaboratively with the school principal to develop a strategic plan, approve an operating budget and offer input on personnel decisions. These teams are charged with seeking out new and innovative ways to ensure every student is afforded the tools and support necessary for success.
The best part of operating as a charter system is that each GO Team can really look at the needs of the students it serves. Not the district as a whole, but the needs of an individual school community. In June, the first two-year term will expire, leaving more than 400 seats available on GO Teams all over the district. That’s at least five positions at each school.
Now, it’s your turn! The GO Teams in place now have done an incredible job in this first term. Many team members have already put their names in the hat to run again but we need more! You don’t need experience or special skills, just a willingness to learn and an interest in building a better APS for the 50,000+ kiddos in our school community.
So, here’s what we need…we have two parent/guardian seats and two educator seats at each school. Anyone interested can easily declare candidacy online at www.apsstrongschools.com now through February 23. Virtual voting for declared candidates will be open March 20-26. We also have community member seats open. Anyone interested in those positions can register online as well. Candidates for these seats are nominated by the principal and approved by the team.
GO Teams give our parents, educators and community members a real voice … It’s a genuine opportunity to positively impact the future of your Atlanta Public Schools. You can be the voice our students need. Strong Schools Start With You!