THE CHEROKEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
CHEROKEE COUNTY FARM BUREAU
This agreement entered into on this 21st day of July, 2016 by and between The Cherokee County Board of Education, hereinafter referred to as the “School Board”
The Cherokee County Farm Bureau hereinafter referred to as “Farm Bureau.”
WHEREAS, the School Board’s mission is to enable all students to become contributing citizens who can communicate effectively, gather and use information, make responsible decisions, utilize technology effectively and adapt to the challenges of the future; and,
WHEREAS, one of the School Board’s Major System Priorities is to increase parental and community involvement through public engagement policies and practices that treat parents, businesses, community-based organizations and agencies, local institutions of higher learning and other public entities as true partners in the educational process; and,
WHEREAS, the Farm Bureau recognizes and assists deserving and outstanding students who are pursuing a college degree in agriculture or a related field; and,
WHEREAS, the Farm Bureau encourages students to appreciate the values and opportunities of rural life and promotes leadership development within the agricultural sector.
Now therefore in consideration of the covenants and conditions set forth herein the parties agree as follows:
The parties agree that the foregoing recitals are true and correct and incorporated herein by reference:
The School Board will:
- Provide the use of buses for transportation for students to attend Tour of Farms and related Farm Bureau functions, as specified by field trip rules and regulations and approved by appropriate department.
- Promote Farm Bureau programs/contests through existing communication channels, including inter-office mail provided there is no expense to the School Board.
- Provide an appropriate location/facility to conduct the Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and possible evening meetings waiving the rental fee, as per the Community Use of System Facilities Policy.
- Provide the opportunity for make-up work for students who attend Farm Bureau functions.
- Provide a school system representative to attend Farm Bureau Agriculture Week Expo and Annual Meeting.
Farm Bureau will:
- Submit four student applications annually for four Georgia Farm Bureau scholarships. Local-level Cherokee County Farm Bureau will award two scholarships of $1,075 each to two CCSD graduating seniors who are pursuing an agricultural related degree.
- Abide by the rules and regulations contained in the Facility Use contract at each facility and those contained in the Community Use of System Facilities Policy (KG), including custodial and supervisory fees when applicable.
- Sponsor a high school art contest on the school, county, district and state level. (County winner, first- and second-place, presented with a gift card and honored at the Annual Meeting.)
- Conduct a 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade essay contest and coloring contest for all first-grade students in the County. First- and second-place County winners will be presented with a gift card and will be recognized at the Annual Meeting.
- Fifth-grade classes at the Farm Bureau’s Partners-In-Education school will tour three farms in May, with lunch provided at the last farm. Students and teachers will be provided with agriculture information about farms before the visit.
- Conduct a third-grade poster contest during Farm City Week. First- and second-place winners from each school will be presented with a $25 gift card.
- Provide $500 for Cherokee High School FFA, $500 for Etowah High School FFA and $500 for Creekview High School FFA to attend the National Convention and $500 for 4-H Leadership to attend the Washington Leadership Conference.
- Sponsor a Safety Camp for children ages 6 years to 12 years.
- Continue with the Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education program with Indian Knoll Elementary School (teacher welcome back to school breakfast, goody bags with agriculture resources and school supplies, farm barn, etc.).
Sponsor for Partners-in-Education School
Kindergarten Class – Incubate Eggs
First Grade – Coloring Contest
Second Grade – Tomato Planting
Third Grade – Poster Contest
Fourth Grade – Honeybee Presentation and Candle Rolling for Mother’s Day Gifts
Fifth Grade – Farm Tours
- Provide an informational packet to administrators at each of the schools, including offerings, field trip opportunities and general information relative to the Farm Bureau. All programs can be tied to Georgia Student Performance Standard objectives.
- Accept all children/interested participants for participation within its programs without regard to their gender, race, political affiliation, age, national origin or handicapping condition or any other discrimination recognized and prohibited by State or Federal Law. Children/participants with handicaps must be provided all necessary levels of supervision and must be included within the activities of the partnering organization. As a result of this partnership agreement, Farm Bureau must adhere to all local, State or Federal laws regarding education.
- Sponsor Farm to School Teacher workshop each year during post-planning that is open to all teachers, paraprofessionals and school nutrition staff.
- Sponsor and host meetings for Farm to School Committee to plan school activities.
The term of this contract is July 21, 2016 through July 21, 2017. This contract shall automatically renew for additional terms not to exceed five years unless either party notifies the other at least 60 days prior to renewal date.
This contract may be terminated by either party upon thirty (30) days written notice to the other party with or without cause. All notice of this contract shall be given to the Superintendent of Cherokee County Schools at 110 Academy Street, Canton, Georgia 30114, and to the Cherokee County Farm Bureau, Program Coordinator, 101 Woodland Way, Suite 1-B, Canton, Georgia 30114.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties have executed this document the first date referred to herein.