Fannin County School System Charter System Initiative

Per O.C.G.A 20-2-84.3, Georgia school systems are required to seek waivers from Title 20 statues in order to exercise flexibility that will enable innovation and reallocation of resources in exchange for increased student achievement.  By June 30, 2015, all local school system must choose a flexibility option such as Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2), a Charter School System, or continue as a Status Quo School System. 

In January 2014, the Fannin County School System made the initial inquiry with Georgia Department of Education to pursue the flexibility option of becoming a charter system.  Upon successful completion of the charter system application and approval process, the FCSS will begin as a charter system on July 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year.  As a charter system, the FCSS will gain flexibility to investigate and utilize innovative educational practices, will have more autonomy in school-based leadership and decision making, and will benefit from financial savings through the use of waivers.

Please contact Cynthia Panter ( if you have any questions.

Folder School System Flexibility (8 Files)
Download Charter System Application
Download Fannin County - Charter System - The Case
Download FCSS Charter System Community Meeting #2 Powerpoint
Download FCSS Charter System School Governance Teams Matrix
Download FCSS Charter System Timeline
Download Georgia Charter Systems
Download School System Flexibility in Fannin County
Download School System Flexibility in Georgia
Folder Charter System Questions and Answers (1 Files)
Download Charter System - Questions and Answers
Folder Charter Application Exhibits (13 Files)
Download Appendix of Exhibits
Download Exhibit 1 - Board of Education Resolution (Assurances)
Download Exhibit 2 - Notice of Public Hearings on Charter System Application
Download Exhibit 3 - Application Process (Stakeholder Involvement)
Download Exhibit 4 - FCSS Schools Impacted
Download Exhibit 5 - Description of Charter System
Download Exhibit 6 - Local School Governance Training
Download Exhibit 7 - Conflict of Interest Policy
Download Exhibit 8 - Business Arangements
Download Exhibit 9 - FCSS Fiscal History
Download Exhibit 10 - Fannin County BOE - FY13 Audit Report
Download Exhibit 11 - Accreditation Report - AdvancED
Download Exhibit 12 - FCSS Strategic Plan - 7-1-2013 - 6-30-2014

The Fannin County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, creed, or disability in admission to its programs, services, and activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. For additional information or referral to the appropriate system coordinator, contact the system superintendents office at 2290 East First Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513 or 706-632-3771.