Forsyth State of the County – A Great Success

Danny Johnson, Darla Light, Chairman Pete Amos, Michael Paris, James McCoy, Doug Jenkins, Jim Kubicek, Chris Coan
Danny Johnson, Darla Light, Chairman Pete Amos, Michael Paris, James McCoy, Doug Jenkins, Jim Kubicek, Chris Coan

Over 200 Council members, elected officials and guests attended the Council’s final State of the County series in Forsyth County on Thursday, May 19th. Forsyth County Chairman Pete Amos and Board of Education Chair Darla Light provided an update on the many accomplishments the County has made in the last year as well as what they are doing to plan for future growth and development of the County.

Light applauded the work of the school district’s leadership, staff, students and parents to keep Forsyth County public schools at the top of the metro region and State of Georgia ranking lists for graduation rates and test scores while maintaining one of the lowest millage rates. The school system continues to grow with 2 new high schools under construction in the County and several additions to existing schools. The district is also working on updated the strategic plan to guide the continued growth of the school system and strive for not just continued State recognition but national awards of excellence in education.

DSC_4641During his State of the County address, Chairman Amos highlighted the success of the county’s 7 year SPLOST program and recently approved Infrastructure and Parks bonds and the projects funded through these programs. The County is making major strides in improving connectivity and mobility in the County with many intersection improvements, road widening and repaving projects, and sidewalks currently under construction, highlighting the expected completion date of September this year for the widening of GA-400 from McFarland Parkway to SR-369. Chairman Amos also encouraged Council members and guests in attendance to participate in the County’s comprehensive planning process via the online community survey and public workshops. The comprehensive plan, Foster Forsyth, will guide the County’s policies and decision-making related to growth and development.

The Council thanks Board of Education Chair, Darla Light, and County Chairman Pete Amos for their strong, balanced leadership in one of our region’s fastest growing counties. Special thanks to all of our sponsors who made this event successful.