Dalton organization calls for consolidation of north Georgia school systems
DALTON, Ga. —
An organization's push for a change in school systems could affect more than a third of Whitfield County's students.
The League of Women Voters is a national organization who tackles political issues, like education.
Today, Dalton has its own education system with 9 schools separate from Whitfield County. It's been that way since the late 1800's and now the local chapter of the organization thinks students would be better off if they were all under one system.
"The city's got some good programs," said Debby Peppers with the League.
Though she respects Dalton's school system, she thinks having two systems in the area is not a good use of time or money.
"It's not criticism of either system," she said. "It's not trying to promote one over another, it's rather an effort to try to work together for the benefit of all our kids."
"It would not be effective in making anything improve in either school district," said interim superintendent Don Amonett. He added that the city's school system offers opportunities that no other county nearby does, like International Baccalaureate programs where students can earn college credit while in high school.
Peppers believes a consolidation wouldn't jeopardize those opportunities.
"We wanna have good programs for every kid," she said. "The savings is not so much in the money. The benefits we think in the consolidation is primarily in your planning and your utilization of resources."
The league of women voters is working on a petition. They will need to get 3,000 signatures by the end of the year in order to put this issue to a vote next summer.
According to the Dalton Superintendent, there are approximately 20,000 students in Whitfield County. About 8,000 are in the Dalton School System.