THE CHEROKEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
THE CHEROKEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
This agreement entered into on this 28th day of July, 2010 by and between
The School Board of Cherokee County, Georgia hereinafter referred to as “THE SCHOOL BOARD,”
The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, herein after referred to as “THE CHAMBER.”
WHEREAS, THE SCHOOL BOARD’S mission is to enable all students
to become contributing citizens who can communicate effectively, gather and use
information, make responsible decisions and adapt to the challenges of the future,
WHEREAS, one of THE SCHOOL BOARD’S Major System Priorities
is to increase parental and community involvement through public engagement
policies and practices that treat parents, businesses, community-based
organizations and agencies, local institutions of higher learning and other public
entities as true partners in the educational process, and
WHEREAS, THE CHAMBER wants its members to get more involved
with educating children about business-management, workforce readiness, career
skills, personal training and other issues; and,
WHEREAS, the methods for involvement are detailed in the Agreement below.
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the covenants and conditions
set forth herein the parties agree as follows:
The parties agree that the foregoing recitals are true and correct and incorporated herein by reference.
THE CHAMBER will recruit members to assist with the Programs
- Partners in Education Program
THE CHAMBER will ensure that there are partners in the program for all
public schools under the auspices of THE SCHOOL BOARD. THE
CHAMBER will recognize excellence in partnerships for both schools and
businesses. The Board will ensure that each partnering school has as its
point of contact a principal or other administrator. The principal will
participate with the Chamber’s representative in a goal setting session with
business partners and cooperate with the Chamber in an evaluation of each
partnership for that school, recognizing that each arrangement is intended
and designed to increase student achievement and school effectiveness.
The Chamber will provide training to all principals, or his or her
designated point of contact, and business partners involved in the Partners
in Education Program.
- Principal for a Day
THE CHAMBER, through the Principal for a Day program will encourage
increased awareness of public education among community leaders and
further relationships between public schools and the larger community.
Participants are provided the opportunity to learn first-hand about current
educational issues, the changing roles of school administrators and the
daily challenges facing educators, while offering principals the perspective
and input of a person outside of the system.
- New Teacher Welcome Bags
The Education Committee of THE CHAMBER collects items to welcome
new teachers into Cherokee County public schools. Bags are filled with
donated school supplies from Chamber member businesses.
- Teacher of the Year Recognition
During National Teacher Appreciation Week, the Education Committee of
THE CHAMBER provides the “Teacher of the Year” at each school with
a goody bag filled with multiple $10 gift certificates provided by Chamber
- Retired Faculty, Staff & Administrator Recognition
To show appreciation to retiring educators, administrators and staff, THE
CHAMBER, through business sponsorship support makes a donation for
the purchase of books in the retirees’ honor to the Sequoyah Regional
Library System. Books include a label noting it was given in honor of
those educators, administrators and staff who retired during the previous
- Going Green Education
THE CHAMBER will provide environmental education resources and
presentations to elementary school classes.
- Career Fairs
THE CHAMBER schedules business members to speak in each middle
school in the county during a weeklong event which is designed to educate
eighth graders on career opportunities in Cherokee County
- Teen Leadership Cherokee
Teen Leadership Cherokee open to 10th graders residing in Cherokee
County and coordinated by THE CHAMBER, is designed to identify and
develop young leaders and to enhance their leadership ability through a
series of in-depth programs.
- Field Trips to Businesses
Members of THE CHAMBER would serve as guides through their
businesses to help students to understand the importance of economic
development and workplace issues.
- Classroom Speakers
THE CHAMBERS Online Business directory serves as the Speakers Bureau
list. Employees of members of THE CHAMBER will serve as classroom
speakers on requested topics as well as providing technical assistance to
teachers, parents, and students.
- Other Projects
The Chamber will also assist the Board by providing information to
businesses about other school-related activities, including, but not limited
to, the opportunity to serve as mentors, provide support for school
activities and events, serve as contest judges and career mentors, and assist
with and support athletic activities and clubs.
THE SCHOOL BOARD will provide:
- Liaison Support:
Appropriate staff will be identified, for CHAMBER members in each
area of the partnership. These liaisons will help connect interested
Chamber members with schools. A specific liaison will be provided
by THE SCHOOL BOARD to the Partners in Education Committee of
the Chamber and serve as a voting member of the Committee.
The SCHOOL BOARD will provide recognition for individual
members and THE CHAMBER as a whole through its existing
channels of communication.
- The SCHOOL BOARD will ensure that each public school in
Cherokee County has a liaison to be fully accessible to the school’s
business partners and THE CHAMBER’s Partners in Education
Committee liaison to that school. THE SCHOOL BOARD, through
the principal or her or his designee, will fully support and participate
in the activities of the Partners in Education Program.
- THE SCHOOL BOARD will provide to THE CHAMBER information
about the Cherokee County education system and its programs and
serve as a full partner in enhancing the economic well-being of the
- Shall encourage principals to invite area business leaders and members
of the Chamber Board of Director to visit schools and attend lunch at
school sites periodically.
The Board and the Chamber agrees to a waiver of facility use fees based on
reciprocal use of these facilities and abide by the rules and regulations contained
in the facility use contract at each facility and those contained in the Community
Use of System Facilities Policy (KG) with a maximum of three uses per party. All
other fees associated with the use of facilities will apply (supervisory, custodial,
Each Party agrees to be fully responsible for its acts of negligence, or its
agent’s acts of negligence when acting within the scope of their employment and
agrees to be liable for any damages resulting from said negligence. Nothing
herein is intended to serve as a waiver of sovereign immunity by any agency to
which sovereign immunity may be applicable. Nothing herein shall be construed
as consent by an agency or political subdivision of the State of Georgia to be sued
by third parties in any matter arising out of any contract.
Neither party shall discriminate against any employee or participant in this
program because of age, race, color, disability, gender, marital status, national
origin or religion. Affirmative action shall be taken to insure equal treatment
without regard to age, race, color, disability, gender, marital status, national
origin, religion, or other considerations arising from the Americans with
Both parties shall accept all children/interested participants for
participation within its programs without regard to their gender, race, political
affiliation, age, national origin or handicapping condition. Children/participants
with handicaps must be provided all necessary levels of supervision and must be
included within the activities of the partnering organization. As a result of this
partnership agreement, the Chamber must adhere to all local, State or Federal
laws regarding education.
There is no financial impact to THE SCHOOL BOARD of Cherokee County, Georgia for this Partnership Agreement.
The term of this contract is July 28, 2010 through July 27, 2011. This contract shall automatically renew for additional terms not to exceed five years unless either party notifies the other at least 60 days prior to renewal date.
This contract may be terminated by either party upon thirty (30) days
written notice to the other party with or without cause. All notice of this contract
shall be given to the Superintendent of THE SCHOOL BOARD of Cherokee
County, Georgia, at 110 Academy Street, Canton, Georgia, 30114, and to the
Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton,