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The Chamber Blog

This space features conversations about issues affecting the Decatur-Morgan County area from leaders in our community.

Community relationships lead to community successes

The 2018-2019 school year will be historic for Decatur City Schools.

We will be moving into two brand new, state-of-the-art high school facilities and launching a Career Technical Center on the old Austin High campus. The high schools will launch new career academies that will help parents and students identify potential college and/or career pathways, helping steer young people on a course to success. Our high schools will also begin a 1-to-1 ChromeBook initiative that will provide every student in 9-12 grades with a laptop. And that's not all. Not by a long shot.

The middle schools will unveil their new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculums, which will introduce fields of study to students and introduce them to the opportunities of tomorrow. Computer science, DouglasHeadshotengineering, and robotics will be offered throughout the middle grades, and we will push keyboarding and introductory coding skills down to even our elementary students.

While all of these updates to our instruction are ground-shifting, they don’t happen in a vacuum. The success of Decatur City Schools is due in large part to the relationships we have with our community. The Decatur City Schools Foundation, Decatur City Council, Decatur City School Board of Education, and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce all work together to enhance our schools and community. We are all in this together.

There is a direct link between the health of a community and the health of its school system. With the Chamber, we have a great Partners-in-Education program, where businesses go to our schools to help with needs like mentoring, tutoring, fundraising, classroom readers and other activities that support students and teachers. This has been a great way to get the community involved in different things going on around Decatur, and I’m excited it is continuing. Also this year, the Chamber's new Teachers on Tour event brought together hundreds of educators and more than a dozen local industries to highlight future opportunities for our young people in the workforce. The future is bright in our area! 

The Chamber has been a huge supporter of the innovations and changes we have introduced, and they are a vital partner to the growth and success of Decatur City Schools. Great teams have great teammates.

Dr. Michael Douglas is the superintendent of Decatur City Schools, a system he has led since July 2017. To learn more about the work of our schools, please visit their website by clicking here.

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