A new program is giving community members the chance to better understand the local public school system. (Photo: MGNOnline)

Hamilton County school officials have developed a new opportunity for community leaders to learn about the district.

“We hope to give participants a view of the school district they may not have experienced before to help them better understand the schools and how they impact children and the community,” Hamilton County schools spokesman Tim Hensley said.

Leadership Hamilton County Schools is coming this fall as a new way for community leaders to experience the school system’s vision for becoming the fastest-improving district in Tennessee and learn about the rewards and challenges of preparing the community’s children for the future.


The program aims to broaden participants knowledge of the school district, increase the number and effectiveness of education advocates in the community, equip community leaders to respond to public education challenges and provide connections to community leaders.

Participants will learn how the district is preparing graduates for success, how to develop a school district budget and how to engage the community in our schools.

Participants will also have the opportunity to become “principal for the day” and see what it is like to run a public school.

“We also want to invite these people in to understand their perspective on Hamilton County schools and let them play a part in shaping the future of our schools, the children, their families and the Chattanooga/Hamilton County community,” Hensley said.

The series of sessions will begin in September and run through April of next year.

Officials advised those interested in participating to review the session dates to confirm availability.

The sessions dates are:

• Session 1 – Sept. 18, 8 a.m. – noon., HCS Vision: District Overview

• Session 2 – Oct. 16, 8 a.m. – noon, Governance in Public Education

• Session 3 – Nov. 13, 8 a.m. – noon, Future Ready Students: Education in the 21st Century

• Session 4 – Jan. 23, 2019, at various times, Principal for a Day

• Session 5 – Feb. 12, 2019, 8 a.m. – noon, Efficient and Effective Operations

• Session 6 – March 12, 2019, 8 a.m. – noon., Engaged Community

• Session 7 – April 16, 2019, 8 a.m. – noon., HCS Budget/Graduation

The size of the first class is limited to 20 participants.

The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 6.

Those selected to participate will be notified by Aug. 13.

Tuition for the seven-session program is $100.

Applicants are required to reside or be employed within Hamilton County and be at least 21 years of age at the time of application.