Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS) Partnership
House Bill 502 went into effect on July 1, 2015, resulting in districts that chose the IE2 flexibility option being henceforth known as Strategic Waivers School Systems (SWSS).
SWSS is a result of House Bill 1209, which was signed into law during the 2008 Georgia Legislative Session. O.C.G.A. § 20-2-84 requires each local school system to notify the Georgia Department of Education of its intention of operating as an Strategic Waivers School System, a Charter System, or a Title 20/No Waivers School System no later than June 30, 2015.
The SWSS Partnership Contract is between a local school district and the State Board of Education. The primary goal of the SWSS Partnership Contract is to attain the flexibility to think innovatively about services to students in order to maximize student achievement and meet strategic plan goals. The SWSS Partnership Contract provides the opportunity for schools to deliver the instructional programs they believe will best ensure success of their students.
Current SWSS Partnership Contract (2015-2022)
This contract became effective on July 1, 2015 and, unless extended or renewed, will end on June 30, 2022. The contract was approved by the Forsyth County Board of Education on May 21, 2015 and by the State Board of Education on June 11, 2015.
*Annual performance targets will be established during the 2015-2016 baseline year. All school plans will be updated with performance targets once approved by the Georgia Departments of Education and The Governor's Office of Student Achievement.
Initial IE2 Partnership Contract (2009-2015)
The Forsyth County School System elected to operate as an IE2 School System and entered into an initial Partnership Contract with the State Board of Education in August of 2009. The contract was extended to June 30, 2015 in order to allow time for review of the fifth and final year of student achievement data.
School SWSS Plans
The SWSS Partnership Contract does not include the district’s non-traditional virtual academy, Forsyth Virtual Academy, or the alternative education program, Gateway Academy.