New Bo­jan­gle’s lo­ca­tion opens in Cedar­town

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - The new Bo­jan­gle’s is open for cus­tomers.

Just a few days over a hoped for dead­line to get back open, the brand new Bo­jan­gle’s in Cedar­town is now serv­ing up their fa­mous chicken and bis­cuits again.

The morn­ing com­mute for lo­cal lovers of break­fast from Bo­jan­gles got to get back on the drive thru line on Satur­day morn­ing over the week­end when the restau­rant re­opened af­ter a month bring closed.

“We’d been in a smaller store for a num­ber of years,” said store owner Mitch Ab­ney dur­ing an in­vite- only pre- view event on Wed­nes­day last week. “We just out­grew the size of our store, and we needed to dou­ble our size.”

The new store comes with a com­plete new lay­out for the din­ing room, a whole new kitchen and equip­ment at the pro­to­type-de­sign for Bo­jan­gle’s.

“I like the lay­out, I believe we’re go­ing to be bet­ter on ser­vice and im­prove on prod­uct qual­ity,” Ab­ney said. “It’s just a nice en­vi­ron­ment.”

The old store had been at the North Main Street lo­ca­tion for 37 years.

It was closed and de­mol­ished in Au­gust to make way for the new Bo­jan­gle’s park­ing lot.

Ab­ney said a grand open­ing will be an­nounced at a later date, once all the kinks have been worked out.

De­spite a few odds and ends that needed to be fixed be­fore they opened over the week­end, Ab­ney said that all worked out well.

“We’re thank­ful for Cedar­town and Polk County be­ing so good to us over the years,” he said.

With the 2017-18 school year well un­der­way and a cou­ple weeks of work un­der her belt fol­low­ing her pro­mo­tion, Su­per­in­ten­dent Laurie Atkins has one ma­jor mis­sion in mind through her first month on the job.

Get­ting every­one work­ing to­gether on the over­all goal of mak­ing Polk School Dis­trict the best in the state re­mains the big­gest tar­get of each year for the fac­ulty and staff who head into the class­room each day, Atkins said.

The strat­egy of how to get there, and then ef­fec­tively spread­ing that mes­sage to the public are some of her long term goals in the near fu­ture in her job.

Atkins said that when she was in­ter­view­ing for the job in the past months, he came in with a clear strate­gic plan for the first 30, 60 and 90 days on the job.

“My first 30 days is all about mak­ing sure we es­tab­lish an ef­fec­tive, col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ship with all of our part­ners in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Atkins said work­ing to­ward a “trust­ing, pol­icy- driven gov­ern­ment,” will be a big part of her plan as well.

De­tails of the plan will be forth­com­ing in the weeks ahead, with the idea in mind to form an “in­struc­tional pro­gram are op­er­at­ing at high lev­els, giv­ing all of our kids the abil­ity to achieve aca­dem­i­cally.”

One fo­cus that won’t be pushed as hard as it has been with ed­u­ca­tors in the past is a re­liance on us­ing tech­nol­ogy in the class­room for ev­ery task.

Specif­i­cally, Atkins said one goal was to make it a use­ful tool for ed­u­ca­tors but al­low­ing in­di­vid­u­als to de­cide on how much and when tech­nol­ogy be­comes part of their les­son plans, and not a re­quire­ment.

“Tech­nol­ogy is fab­u­lous, and it’s im­pacted our daily lives. But we rec­og­nize that we can’t re­place our fab­u­lous teach­ers who ed­u­cate our chil­dren,” Atkins said.

Her ul­ti­mate goal is through blended en­vi­ron­ments, where the dig­i­tal class­room pro­vided by apps and in­ter­net tools has a place in learn­ing but isn’t the main fo­cus.

“I want to see our kids are pro­vided with ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that’s avail­able to them to be suc­cess­ful, whether its through tech­nol­ogy, or more ad­vanced course work,” she said.

Ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties are what Atkins said should be the main fo­cus for the dis­trict in the years ahead, and the in­crease in re­cent years of stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion in dual en­roll­ment pro­grams, tech­ni­cal pro­grams through the Col­lege and Ca­reer Acad­emy and part­ner­ships with lo­cal in­dus­tries for learn­ing pro­grams are just part of what she wants the dis­trict to build on.

She said get­ting stake­hold­ers in the com­mu­nity in­volved with those pro­grams will pro­vide ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents, es­pe­cially those who want to stay close to home.

“I want to make sure we’re pro­duc­ing good cit­i­zens for Polk County, and stu­dents who want to come back and live and work in Polk County,” Atkins said.

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