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economIcs oF educAtIon County Collaborations with Local Schools SAVE MONEY ImProve effIcIency By Roger Nielsen Public Relations Coordinator University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government Recognized nationally for his innovative efforts to keep students in school and out of court, Clayton County Juvenile Court Chief Judge Steve Teske's collaborative relationships helped reduce school referrals to juvenile court by 70 percent from 2003 to 2011 and commitments to the Department of Juvenile Justice decreased by nearly 41 percent during 2002 to 2014. Photo Credit: Clayton County. 52 GeorGiA County Government A ground-breAking exAminAtion of effective partnerships between local governments and school systems by UGA's Carl Vinson Institute of Government reveals some common keys to success that collaborative leaders in Georgia have discovered through experience. From suburban communities like Newton County to rural counties like Candler, forward-thinking county administrators and school officials are learning that local governments AND school systems both benefit when they work together to address pressing issues. Using the school system's school siting plan as a guide, one such collaboration helped locate affordable land for a new school in suburban Newton County, according to Local Governments and School Systems: Partnering for Better Communities, a report the institute produced based on its study of school-government collaborations. A similar partnership that the authors examined in southeastern Georgia's Candler County repurposed two schools, one for a city police station and the other to house local nonprofit agencies that help youth. Other successful collaborations increased the pool of potential county firefighters by developing high school fire training courses and used truancy panels to reduce juvenile detentions and court referrals and keep children in school.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2015

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Putting the Private Sector to Work for Georgia’s Counties
Military Partnerships with Georgia Counties a Win-Win
Georgia Helps Itself: The Efforts to Provide Funding Alternatives
A New Direction
Rebounding Economy Leads to Reform in Property Tax Law
The Crisis on our Roads: Turning the Tide on Surge in Georgia Traffic Deaths
2015 Legislative Service Award Recipients
Education and Economic Development Go Hand-in-Hand
County Collaborations with Local Schools Save Money, Improve Efficiency
Georgia’s Technical Colleges: Where Business and Education Intersect
Welcome to 191 Peachtree, ACC G's New Home
Georgia County Internship Program: Summer Success Stories
ACCG Heads to Jekyll Island for the Legislative Leadership Conference
Conference Agenda
I, You, Me, and We
Reducing In-the-Line-of Duty Deaths with Below 100 Train the Trainer
“Her Majesty” Instills Valuable Lessons: Lessons learned from the Hancock County Courthouse Fire
Thank You to our Partners
Why Can’t We Just Keep It All? The Case for Records & Information Management
Social Media and the Dog Tags
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - Fall 2015