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Community Engagement

Community Engagement Process for Strategic Planning


The Bulloch County Board of Education embarked on a major community engagement process in order to assist in preparing a strategic direction for the school system. This process began in January 2013 with the Bulloch County Board of Education's annual planning retreat and included a joint annual meeting with the BOE and each of the fifteen 2012-2013 School Councils on February 21, 2013.

In March 2013, the BOE partnered with the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education to facilitate the major components of the engagement process. A 30-member Community Advisory Committee was formed, and GPEE conducted interviews with more than 700 people in nine focus groups for parents, employees, industry leaders, community support organizations, students, principals, small business, and post-secondary representatives.

In April 2013, the BOE hosted a Community Education Summit for the public which was attended by more than 200 people who participated in 11 breakout discussion sessions. For those who could not attend the Summit, the BOE posted a video of the Summit on the website and provided both online and paper surveys for feedback. GPEE will also conducted interview with key community leaders.

In May 2013, GPEE provided a compilation report of the feedback. This information assisted Bulloch County Schools administrators and the Board of Education in developing a comprehensive strategic plan. 

On October 3, 2013, the Bulloch County Board of Education adopted  the 2020 Bulloch County Schools Strategic Plan  (PDF File) that will guide the school system's operations from 2013-2020.

On October 14, 2013, the Community Advisory Committee met to review GPEE's 2013 Community Engagement Report (PDF), receive a copy of the 2020 Bulloch County Schools Strategic Plan (PDF), and to plan for the school system's 2014 Community Education Summit that will be held on Monday, January 28, 2014 at Statesboro High School.


Stakeholder Input Opportunities

# Participated

Joint Annual Meeting with School Councils & Board of Education (Held February 21, 2013, at Mattie Lively Elementary School)


Focus Groups (10 groups interviewed by Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Representative)


Community Engagement Advisory Committee. Meetings (3)


Community Engagement Summit (Held April 18 at Statesboro High School)


Online & Paper Surveys (Made available on website and at each school)











2013 Bulloch County Schools Community Engagement Process Report (PDF), published by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

Community Education Summit Videos

Community Education SummitThe Bulloch County Board of Education hosted a Community Education Summit on April 18, 2013 to give the public an opportunity for input into public education in Bulloch County. More than 200 people attended the event. They heard a presentation on the "Economics of Education" by Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education President Steve Dolinger and Bulloch County Schools Superintendent Charles Wilson. Attendees were divided into 11 breakout sessions to give their input about the school system's strategic direction. If you were unable to attend this Summit, you may watch videos of the evening's opening presentation and the feeback from the 11 discussion groups.  You may also take the school system's online survey or request a paper copy

District Advisory Committee for Community Engagement

Advisory CommitteeBulloch County Schools (BCS) formed a 30-plus member Community Advisory Committee and partnered with the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) to help ensure all stakeholders are encouraged to give their input on public education in Bulloch County. Parents, students, business and industry leaders, BCS employees, and post-secondary education administrators and instructors.

Board of Ed Hosts Annual Meeting with School Councils

More than 100 parents, community and business leaders, and school system administrators and faculty met Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Mattie Lively Elementary for the Annual Joint Meeting of the Bulloch County Board of Education and the council from each of the district's 15 schools. This was the initial beginning of the community engagement process. Superintendent Charles Wilson discussed how the Board wants to fully engage both the school system and the larger community in meaningful dialogue regarding the education and academic achievement of our children and youth. The Board has partnered with the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) to facilitate a process that will result in: (1)community awareness of the educational issues; (2) extensive community input to be used in the strategic planning process; (3)identification of community needs and aspirations for the school district; (4) pertinent information for the strategic planning process, including prioritized issues; and (5) a strong community base that supports school improvement efforts.

The superintendent's presentation and handouts are attached below.

Superintendent's PowerPoint Presentation