Community Leadership Academy (CLA)

  • Join the Inaugural HCS Community Leadership Academy Cohort! 

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    The Henry County Board of Education believes that a well-informed community helps to support the work and direction of public schools. By providing opportunities for Henry County residents to engage with the district and to learn about the complex inner workings of district operations, we hope to cultivate a more knowledgeable and engaged community.

    Continuing in the fall of 2024, we will host our second annual Community Leadership Academy cohort. During the Academy, participants will learn about several key aspects of school district operations including: 1) Governance and Policy 2) Teaching and Learning 3) Student Supports, and 4) Finance and Operations.

    The Academy will consist of 4, 2-hour training sessions plus an additional day of touring school district facilities and Board Meeting observation. Each session will be led by members of the Henry County Schools Executive Leadership Team, Board Members, Superintendent, and select special guests. Sessions will also be accompanied by supporting materials including PowerPoint presentations and handouts intended to enhance the cohort’s learning experience and to facilitate deeper discussion.

    Participants must:

    1) Be a Henry County resident.

    2) Have an interest in developing deeper knowledge about Henry County Schools.

    3) Commit to attending no less than 4 scheduled program sessions, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., October 2024 – March, 2025.

    4) Submit a 250-word essay describing your interest in the program.


    FAQ’s

    Q. How large will the CLA cohort be?

    A. The first Henry County Schools Community Leadership Academy Cohort may consist of 15-25 participants. However, this number may be adjusted depending on the number of applicants.

    A. Interested applicants will be asked to submit an application which will be available on the district’s website. The application will ask for minimal background information, e.g. Name, address, email, school district residency (District 1-5), etc. Applicants should submit a 250-word essay indicating why they want to participate in the program. 

    Q. When will participant acceptances be determined?

    A. Acceptances will be determined in September 2024. 

  • CLA CLass of 23-24

SESSION 1 - October

Content Facilitator(s) Overview and Session Topics
1. “Brief History of Henry County Schools”
2. “Governance and Policy”
HCBOE Board Chair and Superintendent Participants will learn about the history of Henry County Schools – focusing on the district’s early beginnings and leading up to current day. Highlights of the presentation will include a profile on legacy schools, notable personnel, notable alumni, and the decades-long growth that has reshaped the district.

Additionally, participants will hear from Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis and HCBOE Board Chair Annette Edwards who will discuss the nature of the working relationship between the Superintendent and members of the Board of Education. This session will focus on exposing participants to the Standards of Effective Governance and various other related topics including:

1. Board of Education and Superintendent responsibilities
2. Governance Clock; Above the line/below the line leadership
3. Overview of Key Reform Policies Pre-Reading:

SESSION 2 - November

Content Facilitator(s) Overview and Session Topics
“Teaching and Learning” Chief of Learning and Performance Chief Learning and Performance Officer Termerion McCrary will lead a session that focuses on the district’s approach to ensuring that all students receive a quality education – beginning with an overview of HCS core beliefs and applicable policy provisions. Mrs. McCrary will also discuss the district’s approach to creating a “community of powerful readers and writers” along with introducing core elements of the Highly Effective Classroom.

The session will conclude with Mrs. McCrary demonstrating HCS’ “from the Boardroom to the Classroom” approach (using STEM as an example) which clarifies how the Henry County Board of Education ensures and facilitates organizational alignment.

SESSION 3 - December

Content Facilitator(s) Overview and Session Topics
Guest Speaker on the theme of
“County Leadership”
TBD Participants will learn about the complex system by which Henry County Schools supports students and families. Beginning with a review of the district’s J Policies, additional areas of focus will include an overview of the following: · HCS wraparound student support services model · Continuum of Services overview – including the role and impact of Social Workers, Counseling Services, and structured Mental Health supports As a complement to the Family and Student Supports overview, participants will learn how the district responds to the needs of students who have special needs pursuant to Board Policy IDDF and under the umbrella of 504 services. There will also be discussion about how the district responds to student’s medical needs.

SESSION 4 - January

Content Facilitator(s) Overview and Session Topics
“How We Support Students” Chief of Family and Student Support Services Participants will learn about the complex system by which Henry County Schools supports students and families. Beginning with a review of the district’s J Policies, additional areas of focus will include an overview of the following:
  • HCS wraparound student support services model
  • Continuum of Services overview – including the role and impact of Social Workers, Counseling Services, and structured Mental Health supports
As a complement to the Family and Student Supports overview, participants will learn how the district responds to the needs of students who have special needs pursuant to Board Policy IDDF and under the umbrella of 504 services. There will also be discussion about how the district responds to student’s medical needs.

SESSION 5 - February

Content Facilitator(s) Overview and Session Topics
“Finance and Operations” Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, and Chief Information Officer Chief Financial Officer Shanika Clay will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of public-school financing. Topics to be explored will be 1) The budget development process and revenue sources 2) Federal funds (Title Programs) 3) Student enrollment and property tax implications on planning, projects, and operations. Mrs. Clay will also discuss some of the strategic actions that HCBOE has taken over the past several years to improve the district’s financial standing. Mrs. Clay will be followed by a supporting presentation from the COO and CIO. Program Participants will learn about the the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Program (SPLOST) – detailing how the program is developed, marketed, and implemented to support specified projects within the district. The district’s current SPLOST program will be discussed and details of how it supports several of the district’s key initiatives will be explained.

SESSION 6 - March

Content Facilitator(s) Overview and Session Topics
School Visits + HCBOE Board Meeting Study Session Chief Operations Officer and Staff During the sixth and final session, program participants will tour multiple schools and various district facilities. Among those including the bus barn, the district’s newly constructed warehouse, and future school and building sites that are currently under construction. Session facilitators will provide historical context into the use, need, and circumstances that necessitated new construction while also future-casting the potential for new projects in the years to come. As a complement to the site visits, participants will observe the March Board Meeting Study session.

PROGRAM COMPLETION, RECEPTION and BOARD RECOGNITION – April

Program participants who meet completion requirements will be invited to attend a reception and will be given a special a gift denoting completion. Additionally, participants will be recognized during the April Meeting of the Henry County Board of Education.