A local school district is strengthening parental guidance and involvement through the power of knowledge at a new family resource center.
Beverly Mann says it's not always easy staying in touch with what's going on with her kids’ schooling.
Beverly Mann says, "Being a parent, that is very involved, it is always a challenge because between work and school and keeping up with your children's daily requirements and the education system, it is a challenge."
After Tuesday's grand opening of Gadsden County schools' family information resource center, that should no longer be a challenge. It's one stop that provides parents with resources about their child and the schools.
Audrey Lewis-Potter, Parent Services Coordinator for Gadsden County Schools, says, "We have Exceptional Student Education (ESE), Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). We have FCAT, we have all kinds of material. Especially with our progression plan and our student code of conduct, parents can call and find out about all of these documents and procedures."
Superintendent Reginald James adds, “It's a dream come true for us. It's one of the things I've always had as a goal as superintendent to get parents involved. This is our way of saying parents are welcome here at schools. It's an excellent resource center. They can come and get help on FCAT preparation, on anything that they need to help their child be successful."
The family resource center has been nicknamed "The Potter's House," where Mrs. Potter says is a place that can help mold the minds and hearts of young children.
The family resource center is located behind the Gadsden County school superintendent's office.