After completing three very successful strategic plans, the district is launching a new Strategic Plan this school year to guide us to 2016. This plan was developed with student, staff and community input. It describes our priorities and provides a strong. As the third fastest growing school district in the United States, Forsyth County Schools has added over 8,000 new students in five years. Additionally, during this period six new schools have opened to total 34 brick and mortar schools and one virtual 6-12 school. As the ninth largest school district in Georgia, Forsyth County Schools continues to maintain the lowest tax rate in metro-Atlanta and the lowest expenditures per child.
For 15 years Forsyth County Schools annually opened new schools or modified existing schools. However, 2013-14 will be the second consecutive year that there are no funds available for capital improvements to support the student growth, such as renovations, additions and new school construction. 16 schools are over capacity, including four of the five county’s high schools. Across the district, class sizes are at their max and the number of trailers has doubled since last year. Our growth is projected to continue, with an estimated 8,000 new students being added in the next five years. To relieve overcrowding and provide room for growth, Forsyth County Schools is working on two projects. The first is redistricting, which will occur this fall for implementation during the 2014-15 school year. More information on this process, as well as opportunities for input, will be communicated in early August. The second is the 2014-2019 Facilities Plan to address instructional (such as curriculum programs, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, special education, and technology support), facilities, safety and security improvements, and financing needs for the next five years.
Forsyth County Schools looks forward to working with you to continue moving the bar higher for every child. The district appreciates your continued support and involvement as we continue our Path to Greatness!