The Partners for Excellence Program
The Partners for Excellence Program began in 1984 as a joint venture of the Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce and Leon County Schools to encourage and facilitate cooperative relationships between the schools and the businesses, agencies and organizations in the community where their respective talents and resources could be pooled for the purpose of providing the best possible education for the children of Leon County.
Why become a partner?
As forward-thinking members of the business sector have long been aware, good public schools encourage economic growth. Participating in the partners program has proven to be a meaningful way for businesses, agencies, and organizations to effect district wide educational programs or to simply “make the difference” for just one-at-risk student. Partner involvement provides many “extras” such as student and teacher recognition, countywide academic competitions, mentors, and special programs which can no longer be funded through the ever-dwindling education budget.
When can you become a partner?
Partnerships generally run for one school year (August through May) although partnership agreements may be initiated at any time the decision to partner is reached.
How do you become an official partner?
Once you have determined which school(s) you would like to partner with, it is a matter of sitting down with that school’s Partner Coordinator and matching needs with resources. Often this is best accomplished by reviewing the school’s improvement plans or goals. Each new partnership is formalized by the signing of a Partner Agreement, which must be renewed each year that the partnership remains in effect.
For more information about Leon County Schools Partners for Excellence Program, call 487-7800.