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Thomas B. Lockamy,Jr. 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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Frequently Asked Questions

CERTIFICATION

1. Does Georgia have reciprocity?
2.
Are all of my years of experience acceptable in Georgia?
3.
Which on-line programs or colleges can I use to upgrade my degree?
4.
I am a veteran teacher moving to Georgia from another state. Do I have to meet the special Georgia requirements?
5.
How will I know if I have to meet any Special Georgia Requirements?
6.
Who do I notify when I have met all requirements to renew or convert?
7.
What is needed for the standard renewal of a teaching certificate?
8.
What is needed to renew a paraprofessional certificate?


CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES

9. How does reserve pay work?
10.
When will I receive my first paycheck?
11.
How are classified employees paid?
12.
Are uniforms provided?
13.
May I apply for other positions and is there a time limit before I can apply?
14.
How are raises determined?
15.
How are sick days accrued?
16.
Who do I notify if I am going to be out?
17.
What happens if I need to resign?

CERTIFICATED EMPLOYEES

18. When do I sign my contract?
19.
When do I receive my first paycheck?
20.
How does reserve pay work?
21.
When will my benefits start?
22.
How are steps determined for certificated employees?
23.
How do I change my name or address in the system?
24.
How do I upgrade, add a field, or make changes to my certificate?
25.
What happens if I need to resign?


CERTIFICATION

1. Does Georgia have reciprocity?

An applicant who holds a Professional certificate from another state, a U.S. territory, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) or the Department of Defense Schools will be eligible for at least an initial certificate in Georgia. The certificate must be a professional certificate defined as one for which the applicant has met all course requirements in the state of issuance. Temporary, provisional or alternative certificates do not meet this definition.


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2. Are all of my years of experience acceptable in Georgia?

Georgia allows transfer of up to 21 years teaching experience. Experience must have been earned in a public school or accredited private school or agency.


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3. Which on-line programs or colleges can I use to upgrade my degree?

The Professional Standards Commission recognizes only those colleges and universities that have attained accreditation from specific, PSC-accepted accreditation agencies as a minimum qualitative standard.


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4. I am a veteran teacher moving to Georgia from another state. Do I have to meet the special Georgia requirements?

Effective July 1, 2003, the special Georgia requirements EXCEPT Standards of Conduct and Computer Competency may be exempt if an educator meets the requirements below. To be acceptable, the out-of-state experience must be directly related to the type and field of the Georgia certificate being requested.

  • Applicant must hold or have held a Professional certificate from another state or country in a field that is comparable to a current Georgia field.
  • Applicant must have a minimum 3 full years of successful education experience within 5 years of the date of application for a Georgia certificate.

The experience must be documented on the Experience Verification Form provided by Georgia Professional Standards and must be signed by the appropriate official.

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5. How will I know if I have to meet any Special Georgia Requirements?

The Professional Standards Commission will notify you by correspondence sent with your certificate of the requirements needed to renew or convert your certificate. It is your responsibility to ensure that all requirements are met in the time frame given.

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6. Who do I notify when I have met all requirements to renew or convert?

Once you have completed all requirements outlined in your letter from PSC, notify Margaret Edwards or Cynthia Tisdale in Human Resources to complete the necessary paperwork. It is your responsibility to contact Human Resources when the requirements are complete.

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7. What is needed for the standard renewal of a teaching certificate?

Teachers must complete 6 semester hours or 10 professional learning units (PLUs) of coursework and a criminal records check to renew their certificate. The clear renewable certificate is valid for 5 years.

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8. What is needed to renew a paraprofessional certificate?

Paraprofessionals must complete 6 semester hours or 10 professional learning units (PLUs) of course work and a criminal records check to renew their certificate. The certificate is valid for 5 years.

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CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES

9. How does reserve pay work?

  • Salaries are calculated based on the number of days worked. For example, a 200 day employee working 7 hours/day at $8.76/hr. would calculate their salary as followed:
  • 8.76 x 7 = 61.32 x 200 = 12,264 divided by 24 pay periods = $511.00.

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10. When will I receive my first paycheck?

Paydays are the 15th and the last day of each month. If these days fall on a weekend, the Friday before the weekend will be payday.

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11. How are classified employees paid?

Classified employees are paid semi-monthly.

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12. Are uniforms provided?

Uniforms are provided for employees that are required to wear them (Campus Police, Custodial and Maintenance, Food Service, etc.). Information will be provided by the department.

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13. May I apply for other positions and is there a time limit before I can apply?

You may apply at any time for other positions by submitting either on-line application (preferred) or handwritten applications. On-line applications are reviewed and released to hiring managers/principals if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. You must apply for positions of interest at the time they are advertised.

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14. How are raises determined?

The School Board decides if raises and or steps will be given. Raises are generally done at the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1st.

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15. How are sick days accrued?

Full time employees accrue 1¼ days per scheduled month. Time begins to accrue after 1 full month of employment.

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16. Who do I notify if I am going to be out?

You will need to notify your site supervisor as far in advance as possible if you are going to be out. Personal days must be approved in advance. An excuse form will need to be completed.

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17. What happens if I need to resign?

A resignation letter should be submitted to your site supervisor and Benefits. The letter should give the effective date, position, site and social security number. You will then need to contact Benefits to schedule an exit interview. An employee who resigns can normally expect to receive their final paycheck on the next regularly scheduled payday for the next complete pay cycle after the one in which they resign. This allows time for leave slips and other pay related items to be posted to the employee's final check. This check will usually include vacation and/or sick leave settlements that may be due to the employee.

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CERTIFICATED EMPLOYEES

18. When do I sign my contract?

You name will be placed on the board agenda after your certification eligibility has been established and drug test and security have cleared. Once approved, you will be contacted at your school to schedule an appointment to sign your contract and turn in remaining paperwork. Please hold the Human Resources paperwork in your new hire packet until you return to sign your contract.

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19. When do I receive my first paycheck?

If you are new to this system and did not work in another Georgia system last year, you will receive your first check August 31. If you worked in another Georgia system last year, you will receive your first check in this system September 30.

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20. How does reserve pay work?

Salaries are calculated based on the number of days worked and divided into 24 equal pay periods. Salaries are divided by 25 equal pay periods for new teachers new to the system. If you are employed after the first work day of the school year, your salary will be calculated based on the number of days worked.

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21. When will my benefits start? 

Benefits begin on the first day of month after the completetion of 30 calender days of work. For an employee starting August 28, benefits would begin on October 1.

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22. How are steps determined for certificated employees?

An employee must work at least 120 days in the academic year in order to be eligible for a step increase. Part-time employees must work at least 120 days in two consecutive years to be eligible for a step increase.

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23. How do I change my name or address in the system?

Provide a copy of your new social security card and complete a change of address card available in Human Resources. Certified employees must also complete a PSC application to change the name on their teaching certificate. This form is also available in Human Resources. Contact benefits to change name or address on benefit paperwork.

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24. How do I upgrade, add a field, or make changes to my certificate?

To upgrade your certificate, you will need to complete a
PSC Application and submit the form to a Certification Specialist in Human Resources. You will also need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Certification Specialist.

If your upgrade is in a different certification area than your current certification, and you are adding this area, you will need the university to complete the Approved Recommendation form. You will also need to send the Certification Specialist a copy of your passing Praxis II scores for the new subject area.

To add a field to your certificate, you will need to complete a PSC Application and submit the form to a Certification Specialist in Human Resources with a copy of your passing test scores.

Once all documents are received, the Certification Specialist completes the Employer Assurance Form which verifies your employment with a school system and saves you the fee in certain instances. When you receive the certificate, please make a copy for your school. 

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25. What happens if I need to resign?

A resignation letter should be submitted to your principal or site supervisor and a copy submitted to Human Resources. It is up to the Superintendent to determine if the resignation will be accepted and you are released from your contract. An employee who resigns can normally expect to receive their final paycheck on the next regularly scheduled payday for the next complete pay cycle after the one in which they resign. This allows time for leave slips and other pay related items to be posted to the employee's final check. This check will usually include vacation and/or sick leave settlements that may be due to the employee.

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