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From the Superintendent

                                                      DR. MORRIS LEIS
                                                Coffee County Board of Education
                                            1311 South Peterson Ave., Douglas, GA 31533

                   April 27, 2018

                   To the citizens of Coffee County and the staff of the Coffee County Schools,
                   Over the past nine months, our school system has been engaged in a formal planning initiative designed to
                   continue to transform our system into one that provides the highest quality educational experience possible
                   for all of our students. Our goal is to become a world-class school system focused on our core business
                   of teaching and learning. The Coffee County Board of Education adopted a resolution, in October 2017,
                   authorizing the superintendent and staff to develop a new five-year strategic plan.

                   Prior to this planning initiative, the school board, our staff, and I engaged in a series of activities to continue
                   AdvancED/SACS accreditation and to renew the school system charter with the Georgia Department of
                   Education. In March of 2014, a team from AdvancEd/SACS evaluated our school system, and we received
                   notification that our system was reaccredited for a five-year period, from 2014-2019. In the Fall of 2017, the
                   Coffee County School System began the process of renewing the system charter. After an on-site visit and
                   review by the Georgia Charter System Division, the State Board of Education granted a new five-year charter to
                   extend from 2018 through 2023. The Coffee County Schools will engage in its next AdvancED/SACS review in
                   February of 2019.

                    Guided by the Ford Next Generation Learning model, we began our planning process by holding a community
                    conversation with approximately 75 participants including business leaders, teachers, parents, students and
                    other stakeholders. The purpose was to ensure that we understood the vision our citizens have for their school
                    system now and in the future. We have held conversations with students at the high school and middle school
                    levels. We have engaged in conversations with business and industry, city and county elected officials, the
                    faith community, South Georgia State College and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. We have also met with
                    the system’s parent and school advisory councils, the superintendent’s teacher advisory council, and other
                    individuals and groups to share our plan as it has evolved and to receive feedback.

                    A formal review process was established to examine the work of our strategic planning team and to make
                    recommendations for improvement. A crosswalk was conducted to ensure that the plan aligns to the
                    recommendations of the Georgia Vision Project, AdvancED Standards, Ford Next Generation Learning
                    Essential Practices and Charter System Performance Measures. Presentations were made to the Board of
                    Education, an executive committee which includes business and education partners, and to school system
                    staff. In this document we share the plan that has been developed. The plan contained here is the basis for
                    our continued work as a Georgia Charter System and the foundation for our continuous improvement efforts
                    leading to re-accreditation through AdvancED/SACS in February of 2019.

                    I wish to thank everyone involved in the strategic planning initiative for their work, their support, their vision,
                    and their constructive feedback which has resulted in a plan that we believe will transform our school system.

                    Coffee County School System

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