Pelham City Schools to switch to charter system in new school year

Pelham City Schools to switch to charter system in new school year
Pelham City Schools was approved to transfer from a Strategic Waiver System to a Charter School System program. (Source: WALB)
Pelham City School officials said the new Charter School System will help students become more marketable in the workforce. (Source: WALB)
Pelham City School officials said the new Charter School System will help students become more marketable in the workforce. (Source: WALB)
Floyd Fort, Superintendent of Pelham City Schools said the new Charter School System will begin on July 1st. (Source: WALB)
Floyd Fort, Superintendent of Pelham City Schools said the new Charter School System will begin on July 1st. (Source: WALB)

PELHAM, GA (WALB) - Officials with the Pelham City School System said their students could be more marketable after graduating, due to a new change in the school system.

The State Board of Education approved Pelham City Schools to switch from operating under a Strategic Waiver System to a Charter School System.

It was designed to incorporate a college and career academy that will create a pathway curriculum based on the needs of Pelham businesses.

"The main purpose to convert was to make sure that we would have the opportunity to transition into a college and career academy. We wanted to make sure that we were providing our young people the opportunity for careers here in Mitchell County and the Pelham area," said Pelham City Schools Superintendent Floyd Fort.

The School System also applied for a literacy grant through the Department of Education that will bring in $400,000 to improve literacy in Pelham.

The Charter School System will take effect July 1 of this year.

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