School Board Member Kelly Poole, center, stops by the gym to see physical education classes in action at Mill Creek Middle School during the first week of school, Aug. 4, 2017. CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOLS

Cherokee County schools offer parent awareness classes

The Cherokee County public schools this fall will pilot the Georgia School Board Association’s VILLA program, where parents can learn about the workings of the school district, officials announced at a recent school board meeting.

The first class of the free Volunteer Instructional Leadership Learning Academy – described by board Chairwoman Kyla Cromer as a “citizen awareness opportunity” – will involve 24 parents. They will meet five Monday evenings, Oct. 9-30 and Nov. 13, with a field trip to schools planned the morning of Nov. 6.

Topics to be covered include the district’s governance model, the roll of school board members, major system priorities and day-to-day operations. There also will be a question-and-answer session with board members, schools Superintendent Brian V. Hightower and senior staff. Hightower said the program likely would be offered annually.

Applications are due Sept. 5.

Information: http://bit.ly/2vQsNws

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