At A Glance:
The Fulton County School System continues to be the fourth largest school district in Georgia with a projected 2012-2013 enrollment of nearly 93,200 students – an expected increase of nearly 700 students from the previous school year. The system includes 100 schools – 58 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 17 high schools and six start-up charter schools.
Fulton County Schools became Georgia’s largest charter system in July. Over the next five years, its charter status will strengthen the district’s ability to provide flexibility in its operations with the result of increased student achievement.
The first year – 2012-2013 – of the five-year charter will focus on developing School Governance Councils for 20 schools (called “Cohort 1”) throughout the school system. These schools will be a model for others to observe as they elect students, parents, teachers and staff, and community members to serve on their governance councils. Elections for the Cohort 1 schools will be held in late fall and training for members will occur in the winter.
Cohort 1 Schools:
Paul D. West Middle School
Randolph Elementary School
Camp Creek Middle School
Riverwood International Charter School
Heards Ferry Elementary School
Sandtown Middle School
Milton High School
Spalding Drive Charter Elementary School
Stonewall Tell Elementary School
Westlake High School
Oakley Elementary School
Woodland Elementary School
New Meal Offerings/Price Changes:
School cafeterias will serve school meals that meet tough new federal nutrition standards, ensuring that meals are healthy, well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.
School meals offer students all five food groups including milk, fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits for saturated fat and portion size. Starting this year, school lunches will meet additional standards requiring:
- Age-appropriate calorie limits
- Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce)
- A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
- Fat-free or 1 percent milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
- More whole grains
- No trans fats and less sodium
Lunch prices will be $0.10 higher from last year. In elementary schools, breakfast continues to be priced at $1.05 while lunch is $2.20. At middle schools and high schools, breakfast is $1.20 and lunch is $2.45.