Fulton school chief rents Fox to reveal strategic plan

Coming this fall to the Fox — Fulton County School Superintendent Robert Avossa and the Strategic Plan 2017!

You heard right.

With a $9,000 donation from AT&T, Avossa has rented the Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta to present his five-year strategic plan. A crowd of about 300 has been invited to the Oct. 10 event, including the school board, 13 Fulton mayors and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Avossa said Monday that the Fox may seem like an odd fit for an event that will focus much more on policy than the typical theater fare, but that’s why it was selected. “We want to set some bold goals in a very public way,” he said. “We want education to be front and center stage, and what better place for that than the Fox?”

The superintendent is still fine-tuning the plan, which includes raising districtwide graduation rates to 90 percent within five years. The presentation will start at 9 a.m. and run about an hour. It may include an exhibit of student art and a student musical performance.

Avossa, in his second year as superintendent, will offer greater detail on Fulton’s transition into a charter district since it received that designation from the state earlier this year. That includes the establishment of governance councils to guide and advise schools. The elections of parents and teachers to those councils will be conducted Nov. 26 through Dec. 2.

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