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State of Education Forum Highlights Progress Being Made in Local School Systems

On Thursday, November 3, the Chamber hosted its annual State of Education forum featuring Athens State University President Dr. Philip Way, Calhoun Community College President Dr. Jimmy Hodges, Decatur City Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Douglas, Hartselle City Schools Director of Operations Rocky Smith, Morgan County Schools Assistant Superintendent Tracie Turrentine and moderator Scott Mayo, Executive Director of Cook Museum of Natural Science.

During the breakfast event, the panelists answered questions submitted by our members and discussed topics such as curriculum, career development, school safety, mental health, technology and parent engagement. The forum was a great opportunity to hear about the progress being made in our local school systems and the successes and challenges facing our education system.

As part of our mission in the community and our five-year strategic plan “The Partnership,” the Chamber holds with the highest regard the relationships we have with our local school systems, colleges and universities. Because of the impact schools have on the business community and quality of life, the Chamber is honored to provide an audience for community and business leaders to come together and hear from our education leaders about our most precious resource: our children’s futures. We are thankful for the collaborative relationship with all our education partners and look forward to more work ahead preparing the next generation of leaders.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Alabama Credit Union and Gold Sponsors Family Security Credit Union and Calhoun Community College.



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