Houston County schools nears IE2 contract

PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Houston County school board members have decided how they want their system to be governed. 

Schools around the state have to choose among three systems: the status quo system, the charter system, or the investing in education excellence model also known as IE2. 

Superintendent Mark Scott says choosing the IE2 will give the school system the opportunity to come up with new ways to teach and engage students. 

“It would also give us the flexibility to ask for waivers in other areas that has to do with how we meet the needs of certain students whether that be gifted students, regular ed students, or general student population,” Scott said. 

If a school fails to meet the IE2 requirements, it could mean a loss in control for a school system. 

Scott adds it’s important to find ways to remain consistent so students won’t suffer. 

“Our school improvement plans are in line with our system strategic plan and that’s how you, as an organization, that’s how you’re successful is by having that common thread that runs all the way down to the classroom,” Scott said. 

He adds he wasn’t opposed to the charter school model, but points out having a controlling council for each school wouldn’t be in Houston County’s best interest.

“The flexibility that we need to continue to be successful was afforded to us in the IE2 direction. We also felt like our elected board does a good job of governing our school system,” Scott said. 

Plans are for school board members to present a letter of intent at a board meeting in March. From there, they have to present a draft of contract to the state department of education and Houston residents explaining how flexibility works and addressing the needs of students that aren’t performing well. 

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