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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 Betsy Hyde ( if you have any questions.

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

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