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Economics, education task force sets goals
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The Henry County Chamber of Commerce commissioned a taskforce of business leaders, school officials and community members during its 2010 intergovernmental retreat to improve the Henry County Schools system.

The results were realized with an action plan for education and workforce development known as E2: Economics & Education, school system spokesman J.D. Hardin said in a statement.

“With several goals and steps identified to make ideas become reality, action teams have moved from diligent planning and development and now have tangible results to show for their early work,” he said.

“Many of the original taskforce members and some new faces are carrying forth the ambitious, yet attainable vision of the original taskforce.”

Hardin said the new group moving the process forward is known as the Henry County E2 Alliance.

“It has identified five goals to target in hopes of making a good school system to a great one,” he said.

According to the alliance’s annual report, released last week, the goals are:

 technical college development.

 improving academic rank.

 increasing the graduation rate.

 improving school readiness.

 workforce development.

The report also states there is an interest from the United Way of Henry County to support various parts of the alliance work.

Prioritized lists from each work team are being developed to share with the United Way.

The alliance has been briefed on local efforts to secure a Henry County Boys & Girls Club.

Don Dunlap from the club steering committee spoke during the March meeting.

Teams are collaborating on plans for the next back-to-school parent expo.

Last year’s event was a success and discussions are beginning with lessons learned from the first large-scale event.

A committee is developing plans for advocacy and funding for construction on the Henry campus of Southern Crescent Technical College.

Initial estimates indicate a need for $18 million for construction of the facility.

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning will provide local childcare providers with free training about the program.

Other milestones include:

 Alliance member Communities-in-Schools recently moved into a new facility in McDonough.

 $30,000 was secured for in-school expenses for students.

 $3,000 was received from the Central Georgia Electric Membership Corporation foundation.

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