Carrollton Board of Education members on Thursday discussed in a closed session the ongoing lawsuit filed by a resident who lives on Frances Place near the Carrollton High campus.

Cathy Crosson last year filed a complaint against the school system because the tree buffer that stood next to her house was taken down to allow underground work for the construction of the new school building. She claims the ongoing noise from the construction, in addition to some school events, has lowered the quality of life for her and residents of the area.

When the case was heard last September, Judge John C. Carbo III denied the motion for interlocutory injunction but said he would issue a full order on the matter.

“The suit brought by Ms. Crosson is progressing through the court system,” Albertus said. “The court has granted a portion of the school’s motion to dismiss the case and allowed the remaining claims to proceed into the discovery phase of the case where the parties are allowed to obtain evidence from each other.”

Albertus said the school system believes that once all the evidence is gathered, Crosson’s surviving claims will be found to be without merit.

“Construction of the new high school proceeds in an orderly fashion in accordance with the architectural plans and designs,” said Albertus. “We all look forward to the completion of the new buildings and the landscaping that will be an asset to our community for decades to come.”

In other business during Thursday’s board meeting:

Project SEARCH, a Carrollton City Schools partnership with the University of West Georgia, is giving students with disabilities opportunities to build their resumes and increases their chances of getting jobs.

The program began in August of last year when Carrollton City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Albertus approached UWG President Dr. Kyle Marrero in creating a program that would help students with disabilities learn and have the opportunity to have careers after high school.

The first semester of Project SEARCH consisted of five students who graduated from Carrollton High School last May but decided to stay enrolled so they could take the opportunity to build their resumes.

The five students interned with the UWG Dine West, the university’s dining service, and have had the opportunity to venture to community work sites off campus. Carrollton High teacher Kristi Simpson, coordinator of the program, said she has noticed that the students are not only learning work skills but are also improving their social skills.

Albertus, who discussed the program at Thursday’s meeting of the Carrollton Board of Education, hopes to have a many as 10 students in the program for the next school year.

Carrollton High School students now have the opportunity to receive an International Skills Seal on their high school diploma. Board members were informed that earlier this month, the Georgia Department of Education awarded CHS the authority to present the seal.

Students can be awarded the seal on their diploma if they complete the International Education Curriculum while also engaging in extracurricular activities and experiences that foster the achievement of global competencies.

Albertus said that not many schools are given the chance to allow students the opportunity to receive this seal.



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