MCDONOUGH — The Henry County school district will begin working with the Georgia School Board Association to complete its comprehensive board policy review.

The district began the task of reviewing 177 policies in January 2018. Since then the board has addressed 25 policies.

Carl Knowlton, Henry County Schools chief of staff, said the process will take approximately six months. He also noted a district-level liaison will work alongside the GSBA to look for anything outdated or that needs to be removed or combined.

Knowlton said HCS will receive recommendations from a GSBA representative and information will be conveyed to the BOE.

Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis said the GSBA will play a key role in ensuring HCS policies align with state law and state board of education regulations.

“I think there will be a nice balance with the internal work that our board is prioritizing and then checks and balances outside of our organization,” she said.

Board member Sophe Pope expressed her appreciation for the review and said she hoped the district can develop a “digital citizenship policy.”

“We have a huge responsibility that our students are making smart, safe decisions with the digital devices,” she said. “Also, the amount of time our kids are spending on these devices is important.”

Following recommendations from the GSBA, the board will preview the policy, which will be presented publicly as an information item on the meeting agendas. It will then be placed on the district’s website for public review and comment. Finally, the item will be placed on an agenda and voted on by the board.

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