Lt. Gov. Cagle Awards Putman County School System with the Charter System Innovation Award

June 24, 2015

ATLANTA- Lt. Governor Casey Cagle today hosted the first annual Georgia Charter System Foundation Award luncheon in Dunwoody. Putnam County Schools was one of 11 charter systems nominated and received the award of Comcast’s Charter System Innovation Award and $10,000 to assist in their continued success.

“Putnam County Schools is a great example of the success that comes from a charter system,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “It is important that every Georgia student has access to a personalized educational environment suited to their individual skills and goals. In today’s competitive 21st Century global economy, we must ensure that every Georgia student is equipped with the knowledge and training they need to find a high-quality job.  Innovative charter systems are an important tool to provide access to a world class learning environment and I appreciate the Putnam County School’s diligent work to improve education in the community.”

Putnam County School System had 60 camps and served over 800 students in the summer of 2014. Summer 2015 will have 70 camps and has enrolled over 30% of the student population. Transportation is provided to and from camps and school nutrition provides breakfast and lunch through a program called “Seamless Summer”. Twenty-one High School students were hired to work as camp counselors, providing summer employment for students in the 10th through 12th grades.

Charter Systems are an education concept created by Lt. Governor Cagle in 2007 with the passage of the Charter System Act to allow public school systems to push the boundaries of innovation and strive for excellence. From the largest, Fulton County, to the smallest and most rural, Warren County; there are 31 approved systems in Georgia.