Inaugural Class for CCSD Parent Academy Program Graduates!

Inaugural Class for CCSD Parent Academy Program Graduates!

The inaugural CCSD VILLA class members celebrate their graduation on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 with School Board Members, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and members of his senior staff, and Georgia School Boards Association representatives. Class members are: Donnamarie Alcott, Jamie Bobo, Buster Cushing, Robert Ditchen, Judith Dobbs, Samantha Dunn, Lauren Hekking, Bob Kovacs, Monica Orrico, Corrie Riggs, Robin Schorr, Katie Roller Schulz, Dawn Stastny, Kathy Strom, Kyle Tomeny and Kathy Winiarczyk. Not pictured: Judith Dobbs.

 

The inaugural class for Cherokee County School District’s new parent academy program has graduated!

VILLA (Volunteer Instructional Leadership Learning Academy), developed by the Georgia School Boards Association, offers parents an opportunity to learn more about their community’s public schools.

The last session of VILLA included a graduation dinner sponsored by Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD community partner.

This fall, CCSD became Georgia’s first school district to present the program and will be featured in a video about VILLA debuting at the Association’s statewide Annual Conference’s next month. The program aligned with School Board Chair Kyla Cromer’s vision, as shared during her re-election campaign, of offering a parent academy.

Sixteen parents, who applied for the six-session program, were celebrated at a final session on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, which included a graduation ceremony and dinner, sponsored by Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD community partner.

VILLA participants Monica Orrico, left, and Kathy Strom enjoy the group’s field trip day to three schools including Holly Springs ES STEM Academy, as Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower looks on.

Inaugural class members are: Donnamarie Alcott, Jamie Bobo, Buster Cushing, Robert Ditchen, Judith Dobbs, Samantha Dunn, Lauren Hekking, Bob Kovacs, Monica Orrico, Corrie Riggs, Robin Schorr, Katie Roller Schulz, Dawn Stastny, Kathy Strom, Kyle Tomeny and Kathy Winiarczyk.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said participants’ feedback makes clear this is a needed program, which will be offered annually. As one participant said: “VILLA provided a great overview of everything that goes into providing a quality education for our children.”

VILLA participant Kyle Tomeny shares a laugh during an interactive session with Tammy Castleberry, left, and Judy Withey of CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction.

“Our school district grows stronger as parents become advocates for public schools and their success,” Dr. Hightower said. “We’re so appreciative of the participants’ commitment, of our School Board’s vision and of GSBA for its support.”

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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Hightower and School Board Members listen as School Board member Kelly Poole makes a point during a VILLA session.