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Board Business Briefs: Annual School Improvement Plans Approved

Posted On: Friday, September 16, 2022

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday approved the annual school improvement plans for all CCSD schools.

As part of the district’s plan to continuously improve schools, every school is required to prepare an improvement plan for each new school year.  

Every school is required, as part of its plan, to establish two three-year specific measurable goals to improve student achievement.  The plan must include research-based strategies addressing student learning at all learning levels, teacher professional development plans, timelines for student learning intervention strategies and explain how student learning progression will be monitored and measured.

School Improvement Plan Executive Summaries, which provide a synopsis of each school’s goals and strategies, are online here.

“Thank you to the school teams for all of the energy that went into these,” School Board Chair Kyla Cromer said, noting the plans’ varied goals related to improving academic progress and access to more advanced academic programs and career education classes.  “It’s a really important part of what we do – it’s the business of educating.”

The School Board also: 

  • Recognized CCSD’s Office of Financial Management, led by Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Owen, for earning the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Financial Officers Association for its Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report. This is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.  Executive Director of Financial Management Marjorie DeFrank and Supervisor of Financial Compliance and Reporting Jenna L. Williams both additionally received the Award of Financial Reporting Achievement from the association to honor their role in preparing the report;
  • Recognized CCSD 2022-23 Lead Innovation Zone Principals: Cherokee Innovation Zone, Rodney Larrotta of Cherokee HS; Creekview, Dr. Richard Carnes of Creekland MS; Etowah, Todd Sharrock of E.T. Booth MS; River Ridge, Matthew May of Mill Creek MS; Sequoyah, Kerry Estep of Hickory Flat ES; and Woodstock, Dr. Ashley Kennerly of Sixes ES;
  • Approved a proclamation in honor of Constitution Week;
  • Approved, as required by state law, behavior and decorum rules for visitors at School Board meeting;
  • Approved monthly financial reports for August;
  • Approved out of state travel by staff;
  • Approved out of state and overnight field trips; 
  • Approved upholding the media advisory committee’s recommendation for the challenged book, “Looking for Alaska” (2005), which will remain available for optional check-out in middle school and high school media centers and classroom libraries;
  • Approved granting additional right-of-way and driveway easements at the Hickory Flat ES, Dean Rusk MS and Sequoyah HS campuses on Hickory Road to the Cherokee County government for a sidewalk project;
  • Approved special lease agreements; 
  • Approved the monthly personnel report; and,
  • Approved the annual contract with Ninth District Opportunity Inc. to operate the Head Start preschool program.

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