Cherokee County School Board members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower welcome the VILLA Class of 2018.
The Cherokee County School District’s second annual VILLA Program now underway encourages and celebrates parent engagement!
The parent academy program began last year in CCSD as a pilot initiative developed with the Georgia School Boards Association and with the support of Cherokee County School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, who championed the idea during her re-election campaign.
VILLA (Volunteer Instructional Leadership Learning Academy) is a free six-week program that offers participants the opportunity to learn more about the public schools in their community. Topics including school operations, governance, funding and accountability are covered in classes that include presentations by CCSD staff and question-and-answer sessions with the School Board and Superintendent of Schools, as well as a field trip to three schools.
“Community engagement makes our schools and School District stronger and more successful,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We truly appreciate their willingness to learn more about our organization, so they can better understand, support and advocate for public education, our schools and our students.”
Costs associated with the program are funded through the generous sponsorship of Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner. Class size is limited, with participants selected by application (the Class of 2019 application window will begin in May); classes are held in the fall and culminate with graduation at the School Board’s November monthly meeting.
The month of November is annually declared as Family Engagement Month in Georgia, and this year’s VILLA graduation date falls on National Parental Involvement Day, which is observed on Nov. 15