By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
While many school systems across the nation are cutting their arts programs, the Floyd County Schools are enhancing theirs.
At their Tuesday night meeting, the Floyd County School Board accepted a $3,200 grant from the Rome Area Council of the Arts to create a music technology lab at Model High School. The innovative partnership between the two bodies will allow students to express their creativity through cutting edge technology, said newly elected Superintendent Jeff McDaniel.
“We have a lot of equipment there already at Model High School. RACA has bent over backwards, great partnership, great collaboration committing to the investment of students in the Floyd County schools with this donation,” he said. “We’re going to use this money to really ramp up our programs--going deeper in the audio visual part of the technology. It’s really going to enhance those opportunities.”
President of RACA Wright Ledbetter said the donation was the largest grant the local arts organization had given in his time. He hopes the contribution will enrich the Rome community with budding artists.
The School board also announced their plans to host state legislators at their January meeting. At a round-table discussion, the board hopes to voice budget concerns and discuss the common core curriculum with law-makers. They also plan to reveal where the Floyd County Schools rank in the state.