Richmond Co. school system holds inaugural back-to-school summit

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The back-to-school rush can be hectic for parents like Dominique Manor, who has 3 children in school, but the Richmond County School system was able to put her mind at ease, Saturday morning.

"It was a great summit today," Manor said. "They touched bases on a lot of topics that they community should have been out to see."

Topics ranging from the new free lunch program to school safety, all part of Richmond County's inaugural back-to-school summit.

"One of our emphasis is parental engagement," said Dr. Frank Roberson, superintendent of Richmond County School System. "We want to engage heads of family because families nurture children and if children are to be successful, in school, then we are to engage the entire family to assist with that development."

School board members also challenged community groups and churches to get involved this school year.

"I'm employing the churches that are in a community to partner with a neighborhood association and adopt a school," said Venus Cain, president of Richmond County's school board. "The neighborhood association would supply school supplies, instead of giving them away to the children, for the first half of the school year and then the church would come up and pick up the other half."

Overall the School Board said it was please with the turn out.