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M. Ann Levett, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Savannah-Chatham Co.
Public School System

208 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 395-5600


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208 Bull Street
(Admin. Offices)

2 Laura Avenue
(Board Meetings)

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List of Waivers


Below are potential waivers being considered for the SWSS/IE2 performance contract along with the benefits they can provide to our schools and students. The performance contract period is expected to start school year 2017-18 and end school year 2021-22.

  
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High School Graduation RequirementUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This flexibility will allow schools the ability to substitute state mandated courses with equivalent or higher level courses such as AP and IB classes.
For example, a student taking IB Science does not have to take Physical Science in order to graduate. IB Science will count towards graduation. This waiver will allow students to take additional advanced level courses.
Proposed
Comprehensive Health and PEUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This waiver will allow schools to try alternatives and creative ways for students to meet the Health and PE program requirements. For example, using sports to count as PE credit.  
For example, a student participating in afterschool sports can receive PE credit. In doing so, the free time provided during the day can be used for additional support services or access to a course of interest.
Proposed (HS only)
Educational Programs (various)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This flexibility will allow schools to pursue innovative course design and creative scheduling using digital resources, embedded courses, innovative instructional models, and advance learning opportunities for our students.
For example, additional segments can be provided to students who need them based on competency and not on grade level. REP and EIP can be leveraged where it is most needed throughout the district.
Proposed
School Day and School Year for Students and EmployeesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This flexibility will allow for time to be spent in the areas that are a priority for improving student achievement.  For example, allowing for creative scheduling for specific educational programs, such as blended classes, integrated course content (American history and American literature), mentorships, internships, and apprenticeships for credit.
For example, a student can meet mastery of the content and move on when ready.
Proposed
Organization of Schools; Middle School Programs; ScheduleUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This flexibility will allow middle schools to provide focused advisement time for all students and/or to increase the amount of time for academic intervention periods through the use of digital resources, embedded courses, or creative instructional models.
For example, a student’s schedule can be customized to meet their specific needs for advancement and promotion, and not require a one size fits all model.
Proposed
Scheduling for Instruction/Program Enrollment and AppropriationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This flexibility will allow students meeting graduation requirements to still be considered full-time and receive full-time funding as long as the student participates in service learning, mentorship, and/or other locally approved programs.
For example, a student receiving credit for additional support services being provided.
Proposed
Alternative/Non-Traditional Education ProgramsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This flexibility will provide secondary schools freedom from the mandated requirements and allow students in grades 6 through 12 to participate in compacted instruction for getting back on track academically.
Similar to number 4. For example, a student can meet mastery of the content and move on when ready without having to meet the mandated clock hours.
Proposed
Maximum Class Size and Reporting RequirementsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This flexibility will allow the district to align spending priorities with the district’s Strategic Business Plan for improving student achievement. The reduction in spending constraints will provide flexibility in accommodating students, specialized programs, and in the use of instructional classroom space.
Without this waiver the district will need close to 300 additional employees (17-20 million dollars), and also find the instructional space to accommodate the additional teachers and paras. This year we have started to lower class sizes in elementary schools and plan to continue based on budget approval.
Proposed
Categorical Allotment Requirements, Article 6 of Chapter 2Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This flexibility will allow the district to align spending priorities with the district’s Strategic Business Plan for improving student achievement.
This waiver provides the district and schools the freedom to shift funds as needed to support students.
Proposed
Minimum Direct Classroom Expenditures and Expenditure Controls (65% Rule)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This flexibility will allow the district to align spending priorities with the district’s Strategic Business Plan for improving student achievement.
This waiver does not reduce funds to the classroom. It provides the district with the ability to increase funds for professional development, social workers, counselors, coaches, and other instructional support personnel.
Proposed
Certification RequirementsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This flexibility will allow the district to expand employment opportunities and practices in critical areas, such as Math, Science, Foreign Language, Special Education, and CTAE.
Georgia Teaching Certification will continue to be the standard for hiring teachers. Georgia has a new requirement that no longer allows for a Master’s degree exemption of the GACE Basic Skills Assessment. This has caused us to start the school year with over 10 more substitute teachers. We also would like the ability to hire professors from colleges and universities who train our teachers to teach here in the district. The existng certification requirements make this process difficult. The waiver will be used in special circumstances that justify its use.
Proposed
Salary Schedule RequirementsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This flexibility will allow the district to expand employment opportunities and practices in specialty fields. For example, this will allow more than three years credit non-teaching experience for a second career professional, such as welders, nurses, engineers turned math teachers, second career accountants, etc.
The state salary schedule will be the standard for the district. The change we are considering is on providing more than three years of credit for 2nd career professionals that are transitioning to “hard to fill” teaching positions.
Proposed
Personnel RequiredUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This School Board Rule specifies the type of personnel needed in a district/school based on student population.
This flexibility will allow personnel to be selected based on a school's need.
Proposed
Employment/Conditions of EmploymentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This law requires 30 minutes duty free lunch for grades K through 5 teachers.
This flexibility will remove the 30 minutes duty free lunch for K-5 teachers.
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Guidance CounselorUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This School Board Rule defines the duties of a school Guidance Counselor.
This flexibility will allow the district to define the job description and responsibilities of the School Counselors.
Proposed
Enrollment of students in schools to which not originally assignedUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This law allows parents to enroll students in any school within the district, provided that space is available.
This flexibility will remove the requirement.
Proposed
Promotion and RetentionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This law requires students to pass the state test in grades 3, 5, and 8 in order to be promoted.
This flexibility will remove the state requirement and allow the district to establish the policy and guidelines for promotion and retention.
Proposed
Attendance Protocol Committee, membership and protocol, penalties for failure to complyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This law covers the creation of a community attendance committee lead by the Chief Judge of the Superior Court of each County. The committee consists of multiple agencies and covers the student attendance protocol.
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Library Media SpecialistUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
The rule requires all Media Centers to operate on a flex schedule and for teachers to remain with the students when they visit.
This flexibility will allow the schools to choose the type of schedule and resources needed for the students and activities being held in the Library Media Center. 
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