Woodstock Elementary School was one of four schools statewide to be awarded the Georgia Department of Education’s Family-Friendly Partnership School Award for 2013.
The award recognizes the Title I schools, those with the highest levels of low-income students, that maintain the best customer service statewide.
“In the Cherokee County School District, fostering positive and productive relationships with parents, volunteers, business partners and other supporters has been a Major System Priority for 15 years, and this honor recognizes how our organization lives up to that mission,” said Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo. “Woodstock Elementary School, as a Title I school, is not without challenges, but its staff consistently rises above obstacles to create an environment of academic achievement and of family.”
Winning schools were selected based on factors including student and parent engagement, staff friendliness, community partnerships, easy-to-use websites, clear signage and comfortable waiting areas.
As part of the selection process, Georgia DOE staff visited finalist schools and conducted interviews with students, parents, staff and community members. GaDOE staff also called the school as “parents” to anonymously gauge customer service.
“The schools that won this award understand the importance of what welcoming environments bring to student success. Truly, they are models for the entire state on how to engage families and make parents feel welcome from the moment that they walk in the door,” said state School Superintendent Dr. John Barge.
Barge will visit Woodstock Elementary School in the fall to present Principal Dr. Christy Bowling and her staff with a plaque and a special welcome mat.
Teams from the winning schools also will be invited to attend a “Succeed Through Service” professional learning seminar hosted by The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center.
The awards are sponsored by GaDOE, Georgia Foundation for Public Education and The Ritz-Carlton hotels in Atlanta, Buckhead and Reynolds Plantation.