Future Ready 2023 lays out 5-year plan for Hamilton Co. schools
Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson is now in his second year with Hamilton County schools.
Thursday, he presented his five-year plan at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.
Future Ready 2023 is the name of the plan and one Hamilton County grandparent says he is looking forward to what's to come.
"I think it's a long overdue program,” says Mark Stockman of East Brainerd. He says he is excited to see the change that he hopes is implemented by Dr. Johnson.
Stockman says Hamilton County still has a long way to go to complete its goal in the next five years, but believes Johnson is fit for the job.
“It will actually make a significant difference to employers in the area having personnel that are ready to come to work and that are ready to be able to contribute,“ Stockman said.
In Future Ready 2023, Johnson pledged a $5.6 million budget commitment to teachers and administrators.
Also, $1.9 million will go towards transportation and safety.
"Safety is our most important job,“ Johnson said. He said the district already has funds in place to increase the number of school resource officers and to update security in and out of the classroom.
"We also implemented a visual management system, which requires any visitor to check in at the front office and be checked for inappropriate activity and lastly we have secured our exteriors,” Johnson said.
He said Hamilton County schools are sending the message that change must start at home.
Johnson said, "Make sure your child gets to school every single day. It's going to take all of us, working collaboratively together to support children.”