Network member since 2014
Alignment Bay County (ABC) began in late 2014 when local workforce and education leaders realized the need to align their community’s resources toward improving student success in the Bay County public school system. Like many communities implementing the Alignment Toolset, Bay County is working to overcome wide-ranging barriers to student success such as a high percentage of students in poverty, an increasing number of English learners in Bay County schools in need of support, and an ongoing struggle with attendance rates.
ABC has spent 2015 creating the infrastructure needed to do this work. Bay County community leaders have come together to create the Alignment Bay Governing Board and their excitement and passion for this effort has set the tone for everyone across the community.
ABC’s first three Alignment Teams were Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary. As the impact of Hurricane Michael–which hit the community in October of 2018– is still being felt in Panama City, Florida, ABC is rallying its board members and Alignment Team members around a need that has risen to the top. ABC has formed a new group to lead this work – the ABC Mental Health Committee – and is shifting the focus of its existing Alignment Teams toward a system-wide effort to combat a rise in mental health needs.
For additional information, visit the Alignment Bay County site.