The State School Superintendent’s 2019 Parent Advisory Council has been announced and Brittany Hatcher, the mother of Anna K. Davie students Jace (sixth grade) and Brileigh Hatcher (Pre-K) is on the panel. “I am so very nervous but so excited for this opportunity to serve as a member of the PAC and to represent Rome City Schools at the State level,” saysd Hatcher. “I hope to live up to everyone’s expectations.”
Rome City Schools Family Engagement Director Ginger Rowston described Hatcher as being involved in many different capacities throughout the community and school district. “I nominated Mrs. Hatcher because of the many roles she serves throughout our community. For example, Brittany has previously served as a parent and community stakeholder for RCS. This includes School Council, Parent Advisory Council, E SPLOST Committee and as a parent volunteer,” says Rowston. “She has also volunteered her time to help with Rome City School’s partnership with Floyd Medical Center and the Ferst Readers Program that helps to promote early literacy from birth to five years old. She is just amazing, and we are so glad to have her working to help the school district and the community.”
The State School Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council is a group of parents from across the state that provides input on new policies, projects, and materials that impact students and their families. Members are asked to provide input and advice to the State School Superintendent and other Georgia Department of Education program staff through in-person meetings, email and other electronic methods.
Also serving on the advisory council from Northwest Georgia:
Bartow County: Gregory Ford
Calhoun City Schools: Jill Repp
Rome City Schools has recently been selected to participate in the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen Georgia program, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, as a part of the 30- plus school addition. REACH Georgia was launched on Feb. 6, 2012, at the Georgia Institute of Technology. AT&T was REACH’s first corporate sponsor with a donation of $250,000.Today, REACH serves 103 school systems across Georgia and nearly 1,200 Scholars, committing over $17 million in scholarships. Rome City Schools Assistant Superintendent, Dawn Williams says the program is a needs-based scholarship opportunity for students that rewards them for self-accountability, promotes parent involvement and provides motivation and support, which are all factors that are critical in student educational achievement. “Rome City Schools initially got involved with REACH when the coordinators from the program contacted us last spring,” says Williams. “Our superintendent, Mr. Louis Byars, and myself met with them, and they presented the idea in front of the school board at the last called meeting.” REACH Georgia works by first identifying in-need students during their seventh-grade year. These students must qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program, have good school attendance and demonstrate academic promise. REACH Georgia especially looks for students who are future first-generation college students, as well as students who would be able to reach this potential through extra guidance and mentorship. Adds Williams: “Keep your eyes and ears open for when we start communicating that we are gearing up to start the program. Right now, we plan to start identifying scholars for our first year this next Spring. We definitely want the community to already be helping us select those students.”
Rome City Schools’ Nutrition Program works to provide meals to all students who attend a Rome City School, which is accomplished with the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program for Georgia. The National School Breakfast and Lunch Program for Georgia is a federal program which provides free or reduced cost meals to Georgia students. Currently, Rome City Schools offers breakfast and lunch at no cost to all of RCS students regardless of their income. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service funds this program at the federal level. State Boards of Education are able to administer the funds at the local level, and school food authorities provide implementation inside their local schools. This is an effort, federally, that is put in place not only in Rome City Schools but in other residential child-care institutions. The goal is to provide nutritional meals at a lower cost, or in some cases free, to students throughout the school days.