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Dawson County schools charter contract renewed
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The State Board of Education renewed the Dawson County School District's charter system contract today.

The 10 year renewal allows the local system to continue changes that increase student achievement and expand initiatives already in place.

"As a charter system, we operate under a performance-based contract between our local board and the state board of education," said Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs. "The contract gives our school system flexibility to make decisions on how to best serve our students. In exchange for that flexibility, we commit to a higher level of accountability for student achievement and a greater focus on innovation and shared governance."

Through the charter designation, the system is able to award grants to teachers at individual schools to improve achievement in subjects like math, science and social studies.

The approval also allows for implementation of programs like Camp Invention-an extended learning experience during the summer months that gives students chances to use STEM-based curriculum.

Schools are also able to partner with postsecondary institutions for online courses, dual enrollment and specialized instruction through the program.

"I am extremely proud of the progress we have made and look forward to our future successes," Gibbs said.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle praised the efforts of Dawson County Schools.

"I want to congratulate Dawson County Schools on the renewal of their system charter. This is an exciting development for the students, parents, staff and community as they continue to foster an environment that nurtures educational opportunity and success," Cagle said in a release.

The new charter contract has been made available on the Dawson County district website, according to Gibbs.