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Fulton County Looking at Charter System Educational Model in Work Session, today

During a work session, today, Fulton County Schools Superintendent Cindy Loe will present information about the district’s exploration of charter system status. The meeting began with a 12:30 p.m. executive session at the district’s Administrative Center, followed by workshop presentations at 2 p.m.

If Fulton County becomes a charter system, it will be the first large school system in Georgia to receive this status. A change like this could mean more flexibility in spending, staffing, and innovation in its educational model; it could also mean greater involvement and decision-making authority for parents.

Fulton will continue studying charter system status throughout the current school year and will later decide whether to petition the state school board for approval. Seven meetings are set for system employees and parents to learn about the charter process and provide input.

Polling Station Relocations

Atlanta, GA--  The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections reminds registered voters that multiple polling sites in Fulton County have been relocated.

The following is the relocated polling station in College Park:

CP05A & CP05B

(OLD LOCATION)

Camp Truitt Senior Center

4320 Herschel Road

College Park, GA 30337

(NEW LOCATION)

Harriet Tubman Elementary School

2861 Lakeshore Drive

College Park, GA 30337

Fulton Commissioners Vote to Accept Renewal Grant for Services to Homeless Citizens

As of October 6th, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved a one-year grant renewal for services to the homeless. The funds which will be provided by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to provide services to help homeless citizens to overcome substance abuse, to prepare for employment and obtain permanent housing through the Office of Emergency and Transitional Housing. 

The county will add matching grant dollars of $287,571, which will bring the actual funds committed to $974,058.

The grants funds will be used in collaboration with 31 community-based agencies to provide funds to address substance abuse issues for those who are identified as being in need of assistance.

The Seventh, Annual Providence Baptist Church Community Fall Festival

Atlanta, GA--  The Seventh, Annual Providence Baptist Church Community Fall Festival will take place Saturday, October 9th, from 11 AM to 5PM on the church grounds, located in downtown College Park at 1773 Hawthorne Ave. In addition to a tradition of being a blessing to the community with free, furniture, free clothing, free haircuts, free groceries, gift cards and other prizes, there will be affordable fun for the entire family with entertainment, great gospel music, food, prizes, games, Georgia Produce, vendors & artists.

Performing on Center stage will be cool, jazz, recording artist William Green, DJ Radikal of Go Ye DJs, nationally acclaimed dance company, Ballethnic, the soul mesmerizing CKW Mimes, the award winning Providence Baptist Church Gospel Choir under the direction of Charles Nesbitt, III., Double Dutch Sensations, The Soul Jumpers will conduct a Double Dutch clinic & a performance by a cappella sensation, A Blend Of Men.

The Pink Party: A Celebration of Survivorship, Oct. 8 - 10

Atlanta, GA--  T & S SHOES FOR A CAUSE PRESENTS THE 2ND ANNUAL PINK PARTY: A CELEBRATION OF SURVIVORSHIP.

Beginning Friday, October 8th there will be a weekend full of events to raise awareness about breast cancer, especially in high-risk populations that would otherwise be overlooked due to their demographics.

Encouraging women to pay attention to breast cancer through self-examination and yearly check-ups can facilitate early detection of the disease; which is the most important defense for many breast cancer victims. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Greater Atlanta Affiliate of Susan G.

Bill Picket Rodeo Parades through College Park

Atlanta, GA--  The Bill Pickett Rodeo paraded through College Park Saturday, October 02, 2010 with College Park Mayor Jack Longino as the honored guest.  Longino waved to parade watchers along Old National Highway, helping promote the Bill Pickett Rodeo, which happened at Henderson’s Arena in South Fulton county this past weekend. 

Horses and riders gathered in the Walmart parking lot on Old National Highway, then proceeded north to the International Plaza at Sullivan Road in College Park. 

Video of this event has been made available to press via ftp from MediaFire, or select the following link:  http://www.mediafire.com/?dq8pzke3s77e276

Henderson’s Arena is located 4380 Stacks Road, College Park, Georgia 30349.

Fulton County Takes Preventive Health Services to Adults through Six SPARC Atlanta Clinics

Atlanta, GA--  SPARC Atlanta (Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration) clinics will bring preventive health services to Fulton County communities beginning Thursday, October 7, 2010.  The clinics specifically target low-income older adults.

SPARC clinics are much more than health fairs.  SPARC Atlanta is an innovative approach to increasing preventive health care service use among underserved persons.  Citizens who visit SPARC clinics take advantage of more than a dozen health screenings and education.  The clinics provide referrals when appropriate and track the actions and progress of those who attend.  Recognized as an evidence-based practice, SPARC has been replicated in different areas of the U.S.

The services provided this fall include:

  • Clinical breast exams, mammography and pap test referrals
  • Influenza, tetanus and pneumonia immunizations
  • STD/HIV Screenings