Governing Council


PrincipalNoel Cochran

Assistant Principal Diedre Alexander

Teacher Representative-Nancy Burford

Teacher Representative -Kelsey Kelley

Parent Representative - Lori Pressley

Parent Representative -Amber Gilstrap

Community Member -Valerie Mateen

Community member - Jason Hogan



September 26, 2023 @ 11:00 am     9/26/23 Agenda     9/26/23 Minutes

November 7, 2023 @ 11:00 am     11/7/23 Agenda 11/7/23 Minutes

January 23, 2024 @ 11:00 am     1/23/24 Agenda   1/23/24 Minutes

March 12, 2024 @ 11:00 am     3/12/24 Agenda 3/12/24 Minutes

April 30, 2024 @ 11:00 am

May 14, 2024 @ 11:00 am     5/14/24 Agenda     5/14/24 Minutes


Recognizing the need to increase student achievement through academic and organizational innovation by encouraging local school systems to utilize the flexibility of a performance based
contract called a charter, the establishment of engaged and successful School Governing Councils will further support the Mission, Vision, Values and Beliefs of the White County School System (or “WCSS”).

Mission: “To Know, Value and Inspire Every Child”
The mission of the White County School System, in partnership with parents and community, is
to promote quality lifelong learning and to foster productive citizenship in a safe and caring

The White County Board of Education will:
1. Provide leadership which leads to improved academic achievement.
2. Provide leadership in the engagement of the White County community in providing input
to and support for the White County School System.
3. Provide leadership by supporting the hiring of highly effective teachers and staff member
and ensuring that those individuals are given the tools, professional development, and
support needed be successful.
4. Provide leadership in developing a budget which leads to financial stability for the school
system today and for the future.
5. Provide leadership in the assuring that all White County graduates are prepared to be
successful in college, the work force, and/or military service.

Vision: The White County School System will continuously strive to improve through individual and combined efforts in areas of academic achievement, citizenship, and personal and global growth.

Values: The values of the White County School System are:
1. Focus on the child
2. Highly effective teaching
3. Excellence
4. Integrity
5. Equity
6. Respect and caring
7. Health and safety

Beliefs: The beliefs of the White County School System are:
1. Every child has the opportunity to receive a quality education in a safe and caring
2. Every adult in every school encourages the intellectual, physical, emotional, aesthetic,
and social development of students.
3. Good discipline is expected to maximize student learning.
4. Instructional strategies and differentiated instruction are key elements in meeting the
needs of all.
5. Community and parent involvement and financial support are essential elements for the
successful operation of schools.
6. The societal and governmental changes that impact the school system must be addressed
7. Students have an innate desire for learning and schools share the responsibility for
encouraging and enabling them to become lifelong learners and contributing members of
8. The use of technology is recognized as an essential skill in a global society.
9. Technology is a major vehicle for imparting knowledge and is a major component of the
instructional programs in our schools.
10. The educational process provides for assessing, evaluating, developing, and
implementing a quality school program.
11. The curriculum is broad, rigorous and meets the needs of all students.
12. The school system recruits, develops, and retains highly effective and qualified
13. A comfortable, attractive, and well-maintained environment is conducive to learning.
14. The arts are languages that all people speak that cut across racial, cultural, social,
educational, and economic barriers and enhance cultural appreciation and awareness.
As is required by the Constitution of the State of Georgia, the management and control of public
schools shall be the responsibility of the local board of education. The school leader shall be the
principal who is ultimately responsible for school operations and improving student
achievement. Each member of the School Governing Council shall be accorded the respect and
attention deserving of their position.