The Fulton County School System has announced several changes for its schools, including new principals, new programs and a new testing system.
By the summer’s end, Fulton County Schools will have welcomed nearly 700 new teachers for 2014-2015. This will bring the district’s total teaching force to about 6,800.
Additionally, as veteran principals have retired or moved to different posts, 23 schools have new principals this year:
Rachel Williams — Crabapple Crossing Elementary School
Racquel Harris — Feldwood Elementary School
Laurie Woodruff — Hembree Springs Elementary School
Ariane Holcombe — Mimosa Elementary School
Mari Early — Mount Olive Elementary School
Mary Robson — New Prospect Elementary School
Adrienne Grainger-Smith — Oak Knoll Elementary School
Latrina Coxton — Oakley Elementary School
Kedra Fairweather — Parklane Elementary School
Lynn Johnson — Spalding Drive Charter Elementary School
Andy Allison — Sweet Apple Elementary School
Lori Bolds — Harriet Tubman Elementary School
Anthony Newbold — Bear Creek Middle School
Rako Morrissey — Crabapple Middle School
Christopher Shearer — Holcomb Bridge Middle School
Luqman Abdur-Rahman — McNair Middle School
Jason Stamper — Woodland Middle School
DeMarcos Holland — Banneker High School
Gail Johnson — Johns Creek High School
Nathan Buhl — Milton High School
Brian Downey — Northview High School
Alexandra Bates (interim) — Westlake High School
Chad Webb — Chattahoochee Hills Charter School
Two schools, Camp Creek Middle School and Northwestern Middle School, are introducing an instructional delivery model for math that redesigns the physical classroom to create several learning stations that teachers and students move between throughout a single class period.
With the Teach to One program, students will receive a targeted, individualized learning experience, at the right academic level, using the most appropriate instructional format.
Over a single session, students may work on one of several instructional approaches, including live teacher-led instruction, student collaboration, software or virtual instructors.
Students are assessed daily to determine whether they have mastered a skill or need more time on that skill. Such daily assessments determine what each student will work on the following class day.
Last winter, the school board reviewed Requests for Flexibility from schools that wanted to use the district’s charter system status to exercise flexibility options supporting their school strategic plans. As an example of the 18 approved requests that go into effect this year, Centennial High School can now allow a waiver to grant physical education credit to students who participate in GHSA athletics, school-sponsored club sports or marching band.
Mountain Park Elementary School also can implement a new TAG model to allow more students to be exposed to TAG strategies, and Northview High School can apply a class size waiver to offer a few larger Advanced Placement courses so that more students can have the opportunity to take AP courses.
This is also the first year for a new testing system. Fulton County Schools will be using the Georgia Department of Education’s new system, the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. Georgia Milestones will replace the CRCT and the EOCT.
There are also several notable changes in school lunches. The school board approved a 5-cent increase to the student lunch meal price and a 10-cent increase to the adult lunch meal price to comply with the USDA federal regulation Equity in School Lunch Pricing.
Breakfast meal prices remain the same. Elementary schools charge $1.05 for breakfast and $2.25 for lunch while middle and high schools charge $1.20 for breakfast and $2.50 for lunch.
Reduced price meals for eligible students will cost 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.
While elementary schools have not sold fried foods in their cafeterias since 2008, beginning this year middle and high school cafeterias will no longer fry any foods. In addition, fryers previously in elementary schools have been removed.
School menus will reflect new nutrition regulations. One hundred percent of grains offered will be whole grain-rich, students will be required to select a fruit as part of the breakfast meal and lower sodium targets will be met.
Also, all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day must meet new federal nutrition regulations for calories, fat, sugar and sodium.