School's back in session with South Fulton U, the city's citizens academy.
Now in its fourth year, the program seeks to educate residents about the operations of their city and engage them in improving these processes. Each year, the program kicks off with an orientation during which the mayor provides his vision for the city, city council members give updates on happenings in their districts and the city manager shares the latest news and successes in city operations.
Over 10 weeks, residents hear from city department heads and others in the key areas of code enforcement; communications; public affairs; community development and regulatory affairs; fire rescue; finance; parks, recreation and cultural affairs; police; public works and more. Participants are encouraged to ask questions along the way. Each session lasts about and hour and a half.
Initial demand for South Fulton U required two classes in the program's first year. Nearly 200 participants have graduated in the first four cohorts.
Watch the city's website and social media channels for news of the next South Fulton U class. Details usually are release in early July, with new sessions starting in mid August and running through October.