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



  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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

member businesses.


  1. 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

school year.


  1. Going Green Education

THE CHAMBER will provide environmental education resources and

presentations to elementary school classes.


  1. 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


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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:

  1. 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.


  1. Recognition

The SCHOOL BOARD will provide recognition for individual

members and THE CHAMBER as a whole through its existing

channels of communication.


  1. 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.


  1. 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



  1. 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,

security, etc.).



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

Disabilities Act.


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,

Georgia, 30114.