Lauren Williams Staff Writer
December 16, 2013
As one of only 15 city school systems left in the state, Clinton City Schools, per unanimous approval by its Board of Education, will continue its relationship with City Schools Consortium, a North Carolina organization comprised of public school city administrative units that offer support to and advocacy for city systems across the state.
During last week’s school board meeting, Superintendent Stuart Blount called the City Schools Consortium, with its representation out of Asheville, “a great resource” for the local system, explaining that those with the organization help to “provide a unified front” for the state’s city school systems, especially in Raleigh where lawmakers make many important decisions concerning education.
By “communicating one voice,” highlighting the positives of what city school systems offer, and providing support for city school boards, the consortium “helps protect and preserve city school systems,” he stressed, sharing as an example how the consortium keeps city school systems updated on the seemingly growing interest in charter schools and how those with the consortium work to show lawmakers and the public that city school systems offer small, close-knit learning environments, something that many who are considering charter schools are searching for.
School board member Carol Worley asked if the consortium held meetings or gatherings that school officials and school board members could attend.
“We meet at least once a year,” informed Blount, noting that he had just attended a meeting of the consortium in Raleigh the week prior, estimating that school officials from 10 or 11 of the 15 remaining city school systems in the state were in attendance.
“It’s an opportunity for them to provide additional input and help to us. It’s a great resource to have to speak a common voice,” said Blount, requesting approval from the school board for a commitment to the consortium.
School board member Diane Viser made a motion to continue the relationship with the consortium in 2014. School board vice chairman E.R. Mason provided the needed second. The commitment was approved unanimously.
A member of the City Schools Consortium since November of 2007, Clinton City Schools will pay $3,474 in membership fees for 2014.
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