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Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
BETWEEN
THE CHEROKEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
AND
GEORGIA ENSEMBLE THEATRE AND CONSERVATORY

This agreement entered into on this 13th day of October 2016, by and between The Cherokee County Board of Education, hereinafter referred to as the “School Board” And Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory, hereinafter referred to as “GET.”

WHEREAS, the School Board’s mission is to educate the emerging generation through learning environments designed to increase the performance of all students; 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, GET’s mission is to provide excellent professional theatre experiences to captivate the current generation of theatre-goers and to nurture future generations; and,

WHEREAS, GET fulfills this mission through the selfless ensemble collaboration of our artists, audiences, and students; and,

WHEREAS, GET believes that partnering with schools in its community is an important piece of the educational puzzle and that arts education is vitally important in developing well-rounded learners.

Now, therefore in consideration of the covenants and conditions set forth herein the parties agree as follows:

ARTICLE I

The parties agree to the foregoing recitals are true and correct and incorporated herein by reference.

ARTICLE II

The School Board will:

  1. Work in conjunction with GET staff to develop grade- and curriculum-appropriate theater experiences to include, but not be limited to, opportunities for: field trips by CCSD students to GET and related educator preview workshops; in-school presentations by GET staff and other experts; and opportunities for “virtual field trips” to GET and talks with GET staff and other experts.
  2. Promote GET programs and events through existing communication channels, as permitted by School Board policy.
  3. Explore/pursue joint professional development opportunities in both parties’ best interest.
  4. Explore/pursue joint grant opportunities in both parties’ best interest.
  5. Individual schools are encouraged to provide time for at least one GET presentation to staff and one GET presentation to PTA members.

ARTICLE III

GET will:

  1. Work in conjunction with CCSD staff to develop grade- and curriculum-appropriate experiences to include, but not be limited to, opportunities for: field trips by CCSD students to GET and related educator preview workshops; virtual field trips to the GET and talks with GET staff and other experts using video-conferencing technology; and in-school presentations by GET staff and other experts.
  2. Explore/pursue joint professional development opportunities in both parties’ best interest.
  3. Explore/pursue joint grant opportunities in both parties’ best interest.
  4. Provide opportunities for Senior Projects for high school students including service as project mentors when staff members and/or volunteers are available.
  5. Participate in various school functions (Fine Arts Days, Cultural Arts Fairs, Career Days/Fairs).
  6. Provide judges for Young Authors Fair, Governors Honors, Speech Contests, One-Act Play competitions and other arts-related activities.
  7. Provide internship opportunities to qualified high school seniors.
  8. Provide schools that schedule one GET presentation to staff and one GET presentation to PTA members with three pairs of gift certificates to Main Stage Productions and three family packs (4 tickets each) of gift certificates for Theatre for Young Audiences public performances.
  9. Provide schools discounts on multiple performances of Theatre for Young Audiences productions; and provide schools with PTA member discounts on camps and classes (excluding Improvisation and Performance Camp) for PTAs that coordinate with GET.
  10. 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 included within the activities of the partnering organization and must be provided all necessary levels of supervision by the School District. As a result of this partnership agreement, GET must adhere to all local, State or Federal laws regarding education.

ARTICLE IV

The term of this contract is October 13, 2016 through October 13, 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.

ARTICLE V

This contract has no monetary value and its dual execution shall not in any way be construed or interpreted to commit one party to the other for any compensation or fees or services equitable to any certain monetary amount. Participation in programs is subject to applicable fees as per standard practice of GET.

ARTICLE VI

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 Education Director, Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory, 950 Forrest St, Roswell, GA 30075.

OF EDUCATION

 


By: Kyla Cromer, Chairman

 

 


By: Dr. Brian V. Hightower

Superintendent of Schools

 

Approved as to form:

 

 


Tom Roach, Esquire