2008-02-17

Tour of Clarke Co. schools

I didn't receive the attachment, but here is the rest of the info regarding a tour of the Clarke Co. school system.

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A tour and discussion of Clarke County public schools is being organized by the Chamber of Commerce and the Junior League of Athens. It will take place next Wednesday (Feb. 20) starting with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at Taylor Grady House. There's no charge, but they need to know if you plan to attend ASAP.
An email from the Chamber president:
I would like to invite you to an upcoming event called the "Seeing is Believing" tour, which is designed to give members of the community a first-hand look at our public schools to expel myths, demonstrate successes and have a frank discussion about the genuine challenges in our school system.

Last fall the Junior League of Athens and Athens Area Chamber of Commerce approached the Clarke County School District about providing area stakeholders with an opportunity to visit schools and sit down with school district officials and ask the tough questions about the Clarke County public schools. We have invited a broad group of residents and professionals to take part in this event exploring the ins and outs, pros and cons of our school district.

Because of the nature of this event, we believe your organization would benefit from taking part in this tour, talking to participants and reporting their findings to help determine whether public perceptions about our schools are accurate.

The Junior League and Athens Chamber are cosponsoring this program with the school district, but it is not a public relations moment for the district. Questions about high school graduation rates, No Child Left Behind test scores, and quality of service will be asked by the business professionals in attendance and, hopefully, we'll all get some answers.

I am attaching an agenda and schedule for the event. Please let me know if you have any questions about the nature of the event. I hope that you will be able to participate.


Thanks,

Doc Eldridge
President
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
246 West Hancock Ave.
Athens, GA 30601

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