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M. Ann Levett, Ed.D.
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Savannah-Chatham Co.
Public School System

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Board Brief - Highlights from the April 11, 2018 School Board Meeting

260 Day Employees Work Calendar Change! Twelve Month Employees will now be on a 250 Day Work Calendar

Policy GARH and Administrative Regulation GARH-R(1) – Employee Leaves and Absences, Policy GBRB and Administrative Regulation GBRB-R – Professional Personnel Time Schedules, and Policy GBRK – Professional Personnel Vacations have been modified to reflect the change in annual work days of a twelve-month employee from 260 to 250. The changes align with other Georgia school districts and support District goals for employee recruitment and retention. This change was presented for first read at the March Board meeting and approved on Wednesday, April 11th.

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CCRPI Report! The Board was provided with a report on the district’s College and Career Ready Performance Index from School Year 2016-17. Under the district’s Georgia Flexibility Options SWSS/IE2 performance contract, each school is expected to annually improve the CCRPI score by at least 3% of the difference between the SY 2015-16 score and 100. Some key points from the report include:
 - The district’s Overall score was 66.9, representing an improvement of 2.4 points compared to last year.
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Overall scores also improved at both the state and comparison group level. The district outpaced the state gain of 1.4 points, while the comparison group achieved similar improvement, with a gain of 2.3 points. The state and comparison group Overall scores reached 75 and 68.8, respectively.
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The district’s middle grades score rose by more than 5 points, and for the first time surpassed the elementary grade band score with a total of 65.5 points. 
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hile the district’s Overall score remains below both the state and comparison group in elementary grades, the district exceeded the state and comparison group gains.
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For the third consecutive year, the district outperformed its comparison group in grades 9-12 in both the Core and Overall scores.  In SY 2016-17, the district earned higher scores than the comparison group within both the Achievement and Achievement Gap components.
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The majority of schools met or exceeded their annual 3% improvement target for the Core Score without Challenge Points, including Bloomingdale, Brock, Butler, Garden City, Gould, Haven, Hodge, Howard, Pooler, Pulaski, Southwest Elementary, Thunderbolt, West Chatham Elementary, White Bluff, Windsor Forest Elementary, East Broad, Ellis, Garrison, Georgetown, Isle of Hope, Rice Creek, Coastal, DeRenne, Hubert, Myers, Southwest Middle, STEM, West Chatham Middle, Beach, Johnson, New Hampstead, Savannah Arts, the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High, Woodville-Tompkins, and Tybee Island Maritime.
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Among the 12 schools with Overall scores below 60 in 2014, 2015, and 2016, three exited 360 status by achieving an Overall score of 60 or higher in 2017 – Haven, Southwest Middle, and West Chatham Middle. 

For the full report click here:
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School Climate Report!
The Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) implemented the School Climate Rating system as an extension to the annual CCRPI report beginning in SY 2013-14. The GADOE climate rating system currently includes school-level data within four climate domains: (1) School Climate Surveys (2) Student Discipline (3) Safe and Substance-Free Learning Environment and (4) School Wide Attendance. 

The district target is to improve the percentage of schools earning a School Climate Star Rating of 3 or more to 78% or higher by SY 2019-20.

CCRPI School Climate Star Ratings SY 2016-17 – Key Points:
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Eighty-two percent (82%) of schools earned a climate star rating of 3 or higher – a gain of 18 points compared to last year.
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The district surpassed the 2020 target, and exceeded its comparison group by 9 points.
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Median overall climate scores ranged from 81 among high schools to 90 among elementary schools.
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The number of schools earning a 5 star rating increased from one to six.  Five-star schools include Gadsden, Pooler, Williams, Coastal, Tybee Island Maritime, and for two consecutive years, Early College.
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The number of schools earning a 2 star or less rating was reduced by half, dropping the number from 20 to 10. The remaining 10 sites include Brock, Gould, Low, Thunderbolt, East Broad, Isle of Hope, Mercer, Myers, The School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High, and Savannah Classical.

For the complete report on School Climate ratings follow this link:
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Safety & Security Funding Overview

At the Informal Meeting of the Board, Campus Police Chief Terry Enoch provided Board members with an overview of safety and security enhancements for our schools and what the enhancements would cost. The Chief detailed some steps that have already been taken, such as the use of security aides, launching a school visitor management system, and the construction of school vestibules. Chief Enoch also provided a forward planning list of short range priority items for consideration in the implementation of a comprehensive security plan.
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Budget Process Update

Also at the Informal meeting, Chief Financial Officer Larry Jackson provided an update to the Board on the Budget Process.  Budget Priorities include:

- Compensation Plan –Year 3 (Cost of Living Adjustment)
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Security Enhancements
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24/7 Central Fire Monitoring Station
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Contribution to School Food Services
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School Wellbeing and Support Staff
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Purchase of 18 modular classrooms at Godley Station
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Athletic Fields Treatment Program

The recommended budget is expected to be presented on May 7th.
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Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for March was announced! Congratulations Kerrington Gilliard, a senior at Savannah Early College!http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AWZQMQ63811E

Community Spotlight Technology Grants
– Senator Lester Jackson was recognized for his efforts during the 2017 Legislative Session to secure technology grants in the amount of $700,000 dollars that benefitted Haven, Hodge and Brock Elementary Schools. The “Technology Tools for Teachers” grant was distributed through the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and the OneGeorgia Authority.
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American Red Cross Youth Heroes - Five SCCPSS students have been named American Red Cross Youth Heroes in recognition of their volunteer activities addressing community needs within Southeast and Coastal Georgia. The award winners are: Eighth Grade student Laurel Lingenfelter of Stem Academy; Ninth Grade student Rio Washington, Eleventh Grade student TyJuan Maynor, and Twelfth Grade student Matin Bahmanabadi of New Hampstead High School; and Eleventh Grade student Nicholas Fields of Savannah Early College.
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Gates Scholarship Program Finalist! New Hampstead High School Senior Christopher Washington has been named a finalist for the prestigious Gates Scholarship Program. On April 20th, Christopher will find out if he is one of the 300 Gates Scholarship recipients who will be guaranteed a full ride to college. We want to wish Mr. Washington luck and congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition!http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AXHK7V5076FD

Johnson High AD of the Year! Johnson High School Athletic Director Ashley Tremble-Hamer has been named the Region 3-AAA Athletic Director of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association following a vote by her peers.  Just a few of the things Ashley did to deserve this award include:

·         Serves as Class 3-AAA Region President

·         Serves as the Johnson High School advisor to Cheerleading, Cross Country, and Track

·         Serves as Game Manager for SCCPSS Football games

·         Served as one of the hosts for the Memorial Health Holiday Classic Tournament 


We are also proud of her contributions to the Johnson High Lady Atomsmashers who won the State 3-AAA Basketball Championship this year!http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AXHKBN50845B

Student and Professional Senate Reports!

Reports from our Student Senate as well as from our Teacher of the Year and Instructional Support Person of the Year were presented.

This month the student report was given 9th grader Hanna Bemis and 11th grader Seth Porras of the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High.

Student Report:
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Professional Report:
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First Reads!

Board Policy JAA – Equal Educational Opportunities and Board Policy JBC – School Admissions have been modified to ensure married students and pregnant students are eligible for enrollment in the regular school program, provided they meet all criteria required of other eligible students, and are not discriminated against. It is recommended that Board Policy JQF – Married Students and Board Policy JQE – Pregnant Students be removed from the policy manual as the criteria will be incorporated in Board Policy JAA – Equal Educational Opportunities and Board Policy JBC – School Admissions.

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Board Policy JBC(1) and Administrative Regulation JBC(1)-R – Homeless Students have been modified to align language in accordance with the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

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Regulation Changes!

Administrative Regulation IFAA-R – Textbook Selection and Adoption has been modified to clarify various aspects of textbook selection and adoption.
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Administrative Regulation IFBGA-R(0) – Electronic Communications has been modified to support the latest changes in technology and further establish expectations regarding the use of email communications.
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Exhibit GBU-E(1) – Professional Personnel Ethics – Code of Ethics for Educators will be replaced by the updated Code of Ethics for Educators document dated January 1, 2018.

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Legislative Update!

A legislative update was provided regarding the 2018 Legislative Session.  The session closed on March 29 and the Governor now has 40 days to take action on bills that make it to his desk.  For a report on legislative action, please click the link:

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The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) 2018 Legislative Positions

The Board took action and adopted GSBA 2018 Legislative Positions

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Board President Jolene Byrne has been appointed the delegate, with District 1 School Board Representative Julie Wade serving as alternate, to represent the Board during the Georgia School Boards Association’s (GSBA) Delegate Assembly on June 8, 2018 in Savannah. 

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Early College High School Week!

The Board has proclaimed April 9-13, 2018 as Early College High School Week to recognize the valuable contributions of our Early College High School. Early College focuses on enabling youth underrepresented in higher education (i.e., low-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, students of color) to earn postsecondary credentials, thus bridging America’s achievement gap.  90 percent of students graduate with at least some college credit, and 30 percent graduate with a diploma and college credential in hand.  This college credit is earned tuition free, at a time when one year at a public four-year college costs an average $17,800 (including tuition, fees, room, and board)!

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National Autism Awareness Month!

The Board has proclaimed the month of April 2018 National Autism Awareness Month within the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. Autism Awareness Month aims to make the public more aware about this widespread developmental disability and the issues which arise in the autism community

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GMA Financing for School Buses! The District has recently purchased 42 school buses from Yancey Bus Sales and Services, LLC.  The Board approved financing 31 of these buses for $3,360,955 through the Georgia Municipal Association’s Lease Pool Program.  

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Summer Feeding Program 2018 Approved!  The School Nutrition Program has again been offered the opportunity to provide meals for the City of Savannah Recreation Department’s Summer Feeding Program.  It is anticipated the program will provide an estimated 90,000 meals over a thirty-eight (38) day period. The program dates will be from May 29, 2018 through July 20, 2018.  The School Nutrition staff will prepare and deliver the lunches from Savannah High School and Gadsden Elementary School.  The City of Savannah will reimburse the School Nutrition Program $3.45 per meal to provide the services.

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Personal Responsibility Education Program Grant Funding
- The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers seek to enter into an agreement with the Georgia Department of Human Services through its Division of Family and Children Services for reimbursable grant funding up to $90,000 dollars to support Personal Responsibility Education Programming.  The Board approved the resolution to enter into the contract.
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Star Charter Start-up Petition Denied

The Star Charter School submitted a New Start-up Charter School Application on January 8, 2018, for the establishment of a single gender school that will serve grades K-3 in the first year of operation and expand to grades K-5 by year three with an enrollment of 270 students. 

 

The District has conducted a review of the application and reviewed its recommendation with Charter Petitioners. The document maintains the basis of a single gender school in operation under a Local Educational Agency (LEA), which places the Board at legal risk and is not consistent with state and federal statutes. As a result, prevailing legal requirements have not been met in this application. In addition, administrative staff have outlined a number of key concerns with the application and requested that the Board deny the application.
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ESPLOST Technology Update!  $12,000,000 in Technology Funding!

The Board received a report on the district’s five year Academic Technology Plan under ESPLOST III.  Some highlights:

·         Approximately 70 classrooms are expected to be outfitted with digital learning devices through mini-grants each year.

·         Approximately 15 Learning Commons are expected to be outfitted with technology and functional furnishings per year.

For the full report:
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Budget Adjustment

The FY 2018 budget as adopted included $1,000,000 for the QBE Midterm Adjustment.  This was based on the anticipated increase in the average FTE count and historical increases in the Governor’s budget.  The preliminary allotment sheets, based upon the House’s budget proposal, shows a decrease in QBE earnings of $395,853. Systems with declining enrollment Do Not lose State Funds in the Amended Budget (Hold Harmless). In accordance with Board policy DCA, FY 2018 budgeted revenues and expenditures must be adjusted at this time reduce the initial anticipated increase.
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Board Brief - Highlights from the March 7, 2018 School Board Meeting

Safety and Security a Priority for All!
BOE Police Chief Terry Enoch provided the Board with a review of security efforts throughout our schools and other facilities. Recent events have served as a reminder to all that safety protocols should be followed closely at all times. Read more about the efforts of our Campus Police Department here:
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Security Upgrades! The Board approved the transfer of 1.5 million dollars from the ESPLOST II Unallocated Account to create budgets for security vestibules and access control for ancillary doors at prioritized sites. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AWEPNB65694B

Changes to 2018-19 School Year Calendar Approved!
In light of recent weather patterns that have brought about conditions that have caused school closures, Administration has conducted a review of the SY 18-19 School Year Calendar to ensure ample Make-Up Days are included.

The SY 18-19 calendar holds just two designated make-up days per semester. Based on historical events, the number of Make-Up days designated within this calendar are insufficient.

To gain additional days, a modification to the adopted calendar is required that would change the school start date. Options for a modification to the second semester end of school date are not available due to the current graduation schedule and venue location. The attached revised calendar includes Thursday, August 2, 2018, as the recommended school start date. This revision gains 4 days on the calendar:

- Adds October 8 Columbus Day (1) – School Staff/Student Holiday

- Adds two (2) Student/Staff Holidays to Thanksgiving – November 19/20 (makes a full week Nov. 19-23)

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Adds one (1) Student/Staff Holiday to Winter Break – December 20

The calendar maintains strategically placed staff planning days and contains the required 11 paid "Holiday for All" dates. The second semester remains unchanged and still ends school before Memorial Day maintaining the established timeframe for graduation ceremonies.
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CTAE at Savannah High
The Board approved the award of a contract to Dabbs-Williams General Contractors, LLC for the construction of a Savannah High CTAE addition of labs for Cosmetology, Engineering, and Welding. The addition will incur a one-time cost of $2,659.280.00, pending final negotiations.
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Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for February was announced! Congratulations Kirt Kelly, a senior at the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High!http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AW8TQK785813

Appreciation for our School Board!
Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools are joining a statewide celebration to salute the efforts of local school board members this month. The week of March 12-16, 2018, has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The weeklong observance calls attention to the contributions of local Boards of Education. Each Board member was presented with a certificate of appreciation at the March 7th Board meeting.
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Honoring Our Special Education Teachers!
Three SCCPSS Special Education Teachers have been chosen as 2018 Teachers of the Year by the Georgia Learning Resources System. Congratulations to Whitney Bradley from Haven Elementary, Victoria Vermillion from Groves High, and Mallory Whatley from Coastal Georgia Comprehensive Academy!
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Pryme Tyme Earns Quality Star Ratings for Programs at Three Schools!
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning has recognized three Pryme Tyme
Before and After School Care sites with Quality Ratings. Garrison School for Arts and Isle of Hope K-8 each earned a 2-star Quality Rating and West Chatham Elementary has earned a 1-star Quality Rating.
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Student and Professional Senate Reports!
A report from our Student Senate was presented. This month the student report was given by 12th grader Tyler Green and 10th grader Madisyn Hagan of Johnson High School.
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Professional Report:
There was no Professional Senate report at the March meeting, but Teacher of the Year Cindy Jeffries shared with the Board information about the annual Teacher of the Year Gala held on February 23rd.

FIRST READS!

Policy GARH and Administrative Regulation GARH-R(1) – Employee Leaves and Absences, Policy GBRB and Administrative Regulation GBRB-R – Professional Personnel Time Schedules, and Policy GBRK – Professional Personnel Vacations have been modified to reflect the change in annual work days of a twelve-month employee from 260 to 250. The changes align with other Georgia school districts and support District goals for employee recruitment and retention.

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National School Breakfast Week and National Nutrition Month Recognized!
To recognize the value of having a balanced nutrition schedule, the Board of Education would proclaimed March 5-9, 2018, as National School Breakfast Week and the month of March as National Nutrition Month.
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National School Social Workers Week Recognized!
This year the theme for National School Social Workers Week is "United to Make a Better World." To recognize the valuable contributions of our school social workers, the Board of Education proclaimed March 4-10, 2018 as National School Social Workers Week.
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Improving Connectivity!
The Board approved the award of RFP 18-35, E-RATE Eligible Wide Area Network (WAN) Connectivity to Comcast Business Communications, LLC for a three (3) year contract period with the option to renew for two (2) additional one (1) year periods at an annual cost of $960,780.00 with the option to purchase redundancy at an annual cost of $112,800.00 for an overall annual total of $1,073,580.00.
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AdvancED
Board members acknowledged receipt of the report from AdvancED and approved the appointment of a committee to review improvement priorities and other recommendations contained in the report. The committee, composed of District 1 Board Representative Julie Wade, District 2 Board Representative Dr. Dionne Hoskins-Brown, and Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett, are tasked with designing and making recommendations to the Board for review, discussion, approval, and vote, as appropriate, of items and actions necessary to ensure implementation and compliance with the requirements of the Report which can be found at the link below:
http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/district/AdvancedEd/Lists/Categories/Category.aspx?Name=AdvancED%20Investigation%20%26%20Review

Welcome to SCCPSS!
Carol Valentine, formerly of Cobb County Schools, has been appointed Senior Director of Transportation effective April 9, 2018.

Board Brief – Highlights from the February 7, 2018 School Board Meeting

Graduation Rate Report! 84.3% - Exceeding the State Average for Three Years in a Row!
Board members were presented with a report on the district’s graduation rate from SY 2016-17 which was filled with good news including:

The cohort graduation rate continues to improve, achieving a rate of 84.3%. This exceeds the district’s annual performance target and establishes a new record high for the district.

For the third consecutive year, the district outperformed both the state and comparison group graduation rates.

School graduation rates ranged from 73% to 100%, with both Early College and Woodville-Tompkins attaining 100% graduation rates. In addition, Islands, Johnson, and Savannah Arts exceeded the district’s 2020 target of 85%, and Beach and New Hampstead exceeded the district’s 2017 target of 83%.

Groves, Johnson, New Hampstead, the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High, and Woodville Tompkins exceeded their annual improvement targets, with one-year gains ranging from 1 to over 9 points. Beach, Islands, and Savannah Arts maintained their prior year’s graduation rate, while Jenkins and Windsor Forest declined from last year.

Early College maintained a 100% graduation rate for two consecutive years.
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No Changes to SCCPSS Bell Schedules!
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presentation at the Informal Meeting on the results of a Bell Time Survey conducted with both Internal and External Stakeholders showed the vast majority were satisfied with current Bell Time Schedules. At the Regular meeting of the Board of Education, members approved Bell Time Schedules remaining the same for SY 2018-19 and SY 2019-20.
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2018-19 School Year Calendar Revised
The Academic School Year calendar was presented to the Board for consideration as an informational item. The calendar will be brought back during the March Board meeting for action.

In light of recent weather patterns that have brought about conditions that have caused school closures, Administration has conducted a review of the SY 18-19 School Year Calendar to ensure ample Make-Up Days are included.

The SY 18-19 calendar holds just two designated make-up days per semester. Based on historical events, the number of Make-Up days designated within this calendar are insufficient.

To gain additional days, a modification to the adopted calendar is required that would change the school start date. Options for a modification to the second semester end of school date are not available due to the current graduation schedule and venue location. The attached revised calendar includes Thursday, August 2, 2018, as the recommended school start date. This revision gains 4 days on the calendar:

Adds October 8 Columbus Day (1) – School Staff/Student Holiday

Adds two (2) Student/Staff Holidays to Thanksgiving – November 19/20 (makes a full week Nov. 19-23)

Adds one (1) Student/Staff Holiday to Winter Break – December 20

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2019 Budget Presentation on Enrollment
At the informal meeting of the Board of Education, a report on 2019 Budget Enrollment projections was given. Regular Enrollment is projected using Birth Rates, Cohort Survival (Promote Up) and other factors such as trends relating to population shift and program offerings at each school. Projections currently predict a slight increase in enrollment across all grade levels.
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Sharing the Good News!
The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for January was announced! Congratulations Ana Lilja-Vazquez, 6th grade student from the STEM Academy at Bartlett!
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Islands High School Veterinary Science Department recently earned Industry Certification in the specialty area of Veterinary Science, making it the first school in the state of Georgia to earn this distinction!
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Godley Station K-8 has been selected to receive the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System Green Ribbon School Award Nomination for FY17. The school will be nominated for the award through the Georgia Department of Education. The school is being recognized for efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and implement effective environmental education experiences.
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Community Partner Spotlight: The Savannah Fire Department was recognized as a valued Community Partner for working with the district on fire safety education thanks to a donation from The Hartford in the amount of $20,000.
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Student and Professional Senate Reports!
Reports from our Student Senate as well as from our Teacher of the Year and Instructional Support Person of the Year were presented.

This month the student report was given by Breonna Thomas and Dior Dear of Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School.

Student Report:
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Professional Report:
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National School Counseling Week Proclaimed!
To recognize the valuable contributions of our school counselors, the Board of Education proclaimed February 5th-9th, 2018, as National School Counseling Week. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AVCNWL61EF51

Recognizing Excellence!
The SCCPSS Internal Audit Department has been awarded a Certificate of Compliance by the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) in recognition of the department’s internal quality control system being suitably designed and operating effectively to provide reasonable assurance of compliance with Government Auditing Standards for audit and attestation engagements during the period July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017.
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Charter School Success!
The Georgia Department of Education has awarded Susie King Taylor Community Charter School (SKTCS) $675,000 as part of the FY2017 Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant competition.
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Regulation Update!
Regulation GCRA(1)-R: Drug Screening of Bus Drivers
has been modified to align the regulation with the U.S. Department of Transportation Rule. Revisions to the regulation include the following:

• Adding hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone to the drug testing panel

• Specifying the provider responsible for drug testing
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Legislative Update!
The Board was advised of key education legislation to watch during the ongoing Georgia Legislative Session. That legislation includes:

SB 361: Providing for freedom of religious speech for students and faculty members in public elementary and secondary school.

SB 362: Providing for the establishment of an innovative assessment pilot program.

HB 778: It would transfer the CTAE (career, technical, and agricultural education) program from the Department of Education to the Technical Colleges System of Georgia (TCSG).

HB 762: Adds a requirement for "annual age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in grades K-9" be added to the minimum course of study in sex education and AIDS prevention.

SB 355: Would amend the Georgia Nuclear Energy Financing Act to limit in several ways the ongoing collection of a nuclear fee while reactors are being built.

SB 361: The "Coach Small Religious Protection Act" would require each local district to adopt a policy "substantially similar" to one in the bill on student expression of religious viewpoints.

For more information on this and other legislation being proposed follow this link:
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ESPLOST Progress!
A number of budget transfers were approved from unallocated ESPLOST II funds to projects at a number of facilities including:

ADA Renovations & Lights Project at STEM Academy
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Renovations Project at Charles Ellis Montessori
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HVAC & Lighting Projects at Coastal Middle School
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HVAC Project at Hubert Middle School
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Cooling Tower Project at the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High
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HVAC Project at Southwest Middle School
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ADA Restrooms Renovation at Windsor Forest High School
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2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial and Single Audit Report Approved!
The Board accepted and approved the 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Single Audit Report for the year ended June 30, 2017, Management Letter and Response. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AVHQMK5B2ECD

Policy Adopted!
Policy IBB & Administrative Regulations IBB-R, IBB-E(1) and IBB-E(4)
– Charter Schools have been modified to align the policy and regulation with the State Board Rule. Revisions to the policy and regulation include the following:

- Removal of references to exhibits

- Removal of charter school governing board details

- Corrections to language and references

Exhibits IBB-E(1)-(4) – Charter Schools will be removed from the Board Policy as the criteria will be posted to the District’s public website.

Board Brief – Highlights from the January 17, 2018 School Board Meeting

Snow Make-up Days Approved
As a result of dangerous weather conditions associated with Winter Storm Grayson, students of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System missed three instructional days during the start of the second semester of the 2017-18 School Year. The following days have been approved by the Board for use as weather make up days due to the emergency school cancellations associated with Winter Storm Grayson:

Monday, February 19, 2018 and Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Shuman Elementary Turnaround Plan Approved
The Board approved a resolution to maximize operational flexibility through the School Improvement Process for Shuman Elementary that will lead to improved student outcomes and greater levels of performance on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) at Shuman Elementary School.

Comprehensive operational flexibility includes, but is not limited to, the areas of budget, staffing, recruitment and retention incentives for high performing staff, scheduling, calendar and bell time options, disciplinary rubrics, assessment, credit recovery and professional learning, as well as other operational procedures which may be considered through the governance structure of the Turnaround Reform model.
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College Entrance Exam Report
At the Informal meeting of the Board of Education, the Division of Academic Affairs presented a report on the latest scores our students have earned on College Entrance Exams. Over 1,000 Class of 2017 SCCPSS students took the SAT. The district’s average combined SAT score was 978, compared to 1,050 for the state and 1,060 nationally.


737 Class of 2017 SCCPSS students took the ACT. For the third consecutive year, the district earned an average ACT Composite score of 18.7. The national average rose by 0.2 points over last year, recovering to the 2015 average score of 21.0. The state also improved over last year, rising by 0.3 points to 21.4. The full report can be accessed here: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AUNVCW6EB400

2019 Budget Planning Underway!
The Finance Division updated the Board on work underway to formulate the 2019 SCCPSS budget. Staff projections are taking place this month. The budget calendar will be presented next month with stakeholder input presentations and surveys being launched in March.

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Strategic Waivers Update!
The SWSS/IE² performance contract period runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021. The Waivers system allows limited flexibility from Title 20 Laws and State Board of Education Rules. In exchange, each school must annually increase its score by 3% of the gap between their baseline year score and 100 and is required to show a trend of improvement, 3 out of 5 years, to be seen as meeting contract requirements. The district’s Division of Data and Accountability updated the Board on the district’s progress in meeting the goals set forth in the SCCPSS contract with the state.

For the 2016-17 SY (year one of five in our contract) 73% of SCCPSS schools are meeting the goal. Broken down by school level 73% of Elementary Schools are meeting goal, 75% of K8s are meeting goal, 88% of Middle Schools are meeting goal and 64% of our high schools are meeting goal.
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Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for December was announced! Congratulations Matthew Hawbaker, 5th grade student from West Chatham Elementary School!
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Recognizing Million Book Challenge Donors!
This year, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools launched the "Million Books Challenge" with the goal of providing a class library for every classroom in grades K-5! As of January 8, 2018, 480 libraries have been delivered to schools out of 786 needed. That’s 61% of the goal met! The Superintendent continues to recognize community partners who have helped us progress in meeting this goal. Recognized at the January Board meeting were: LOVE Mentors, Groves High School, Chatham Parkway Subaru, YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Robert Lacey Lodge #722.
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Three SCCPSS Schools Exit State Focus List!
The Georgia Department of Education has announced the list of Georgia schools that have exited "Focus" status - three Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools have made the improvements necessary to exit the Focus list which represents the lowest-performing 10% of Title I schools based on achievement gap data.

Congratulations to the following SCCPSS schools no longer meet the definition of a Focus school:

Butler Elementary

West Chatham Middle School

Thunderbolt Elementary School

*Thunderbolt Elementary closed at the end of the 2016-17 School Year and students now attend the new School of Humanities at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary School.
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SCCPSS Featured as a GA Best Practices District!
SCCPSS has been chosen as a featured district to present at an upcoming conference on Georgia Best Practices regarding innovative strategies for raising the Graduation Rate and decreasing the Dropout Rate.
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COMMUNITY PARTNER SPOTLIGHT – National Museum of the Mighty Eighth SCCPSS has a valued partner in the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth and has enjoyed the benefits of this partnership since 2010. Character Counts!, an annual Anti- Bullying Seminar, and so much more - we are fortunate to have such a valued partner in the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth and we thank them for their commitment to the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System!
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An Officer and a Hero!
In the early morning hours of January 12th, Campus Police officer Arthur Bryant assisted Metro officers rescue a citizen from a fire on the city’s west side. We want to commend Officer Bryant for his heroic actions!

Superintendent’s Professional Senate Report: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AUNV656E9C03

Policy First Read!
The following items were presented to the Board for consideration:

Policy IBB & Administrative Regulations IBB-R, IBB-E(1) and IBB-E(4)
Charter Schools have been modified to align the policy and regulation with the State Board Rule. Revisions to the policy and regulation include the following:

  • Removal of references to exhibits
  • Removal of charter school governing board details
  • Corrections to language and references

Exhibits IBB-E(1)-(4) – Charter Schools will be removed from the Board Policy as the criteria will be posted to the District’s public website.
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Administrative Regulation Updated!

Board Regulation JBCCA(2)-R: Unsafe School Choice Option has been modified to reflect changes in the amended State Board Rule and to align the language with the revised policy that was approved by the Board on November 1, 2017. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AUP25K7F7AC2


Board Business!

Election of Board Officers:
In accordance with Article VI of the Board’s Bylaws, officers shall be elected at the first meeting in January of each year. Those elected to positions are:

Vice President – Larry Lower

Vice President Pro-Tempore – Michael Johnson

Secretary – Mary Davis-Brown

Assistant Secretary – Brenda Taylor

The Superintendent serves as Treasurer and Secretary Ex-Officio to the Board. The Chief Financial Officer serves as Assistant Treasurer. Each term is for a one-year period.

Board Committee Appointments:
The Board President announced Committee Appointments for 2018. A complete list can be found here: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AUNV6N6E9C14

Board 2018 Calendar of Meetings Approved!
The Board approved the 2018 Calendar of meetings. The next meeting of the Board of Education will be February 7, 2018. The complete calendar can be found here:
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2017-18 Audit Plan Revised
At the Audit Committee Meeting on December 7, 2017, the Audit Committee approved a revision to the 2017 – 2018 Audit Plan to add 40 days for internal audits involving Charter Schools.
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Retrofitting Buses for AC
The Board approved a bid by Thermo King of Southeast Georgia, Inc. in the amount of $176,149.00 to retrofit 19 buses with air-conditioning. The installation of the air conditioning is to maintain a level of comfort for students during the warmer months of the school year in an effort to reduce any possible heat related illnesses.
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Transportation Roof Replacement
The Board approved a bid from Delta Metals, Inc. for in the amount of $175,000 to replace the roof on the Transportation Mechanic’s Shop and Tire Shop.
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Operation Beacon Tier III Clearance Process Update
Chief of Human Resources, Ramon Ray provided an update for the Board of our Tier III Clearance Process. As of December 31, 2017 – 791 applicants had undergone background screening with 750 cleared, 15 denied and 26 pending from the month.
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Property Matters!
The Board approved the sale to Chatham County of the old Wilmington Island Library for the amount of $10. The Board purchased the Frank G. Murray Community Center, located on the campus of Islands High School, from Chatham County for the amount of $10.
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Personnel Moves
SCCPSS welcomes a new Executive Director of Accountability, Assessment & Reporting! We welcome Joseph Austin to the Division of Data and Accountability! Mr. Austin was approved on the Board Appointments agenda during the January 17 Board meeting contingent upon successful completion of new hire requirements.

Board Brief – Highlights from the December 6, 2017 School Board Meeting
Principal Andrea B. Williams Memorialized with Renaming of Spencer Elementary School

Principal Andrea B. Williams passed away unexpectedly on November 8, 2017. As a 34 year employee of Savannah-Chatham Public Schools, she provided an immeasurable contribution to the growth of our school district. Principal Williams was also an integral part of Spencer Elementary and the surrounding community, serving as principal of the school since 2007. Her contributions to the school climate, operations, and academics guided the school to its current success.

Based on those contributions, an exception to Policy FDC regarding the naming of facilities was requested of the Board and granted prior to approval of the renaming of Spencer Elementary School. It will now be known as Andrea B. Williams Elementary School. The exception to policy was required to establish the renaming of the replacement Spencer Elementary school in time for the opening of the new facility, which is scheduled for January 2, 2018, when staff return from winter break.

The request was supported by the Spencer Elementary School Council, PTA, staff, members of the community and district staff as a way to commemorate and honor the deep connection the Williams family has with the school, and the service of Andrea B. Williams.

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Charter School Reports
As required by state law – each of the District’s five Charter Schools submitted annual reports to the Board to show progress and adherence to the goals within their individual charters. Each report can be accessed through the links below:

Coastal Empire Montessori Charter:
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Oglethorpe Charter School:
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Susie King Taylor Charter: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJNWK5F3319
Savannah Classical Charter: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJNWP5F3D35
Tybee Island Maritime Academy Charter: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJNZ65F4B0E

Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for November was announced! Congratulations Quateria Williams, 7th grade student from East Broad K8 School!

Million Book Challenge Success!
Jacob G. Smith Elementary School and Savannah Arts Academy were recognized for being the first schools in the Elementary/K8 and Middle/High Divisions to meet the district challenge of collecting 12,000 books for the Million Book Challenge. Congratulations to staff and students!
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Georgia Assistant Principal of the Year!Coastal Middle Assistant Principal Latashia Thomas has been named a winner of the Hal Beaver Georgia Outstanding Assistant Principal Award by the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals.
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Sports Accolades
Twelve schools and individuals were recognized for success in athletics in both middle and high school grades this fall. Football, Volleyball, Cross Country and Softball were some of those included. Congratulations to all! See the complete list of those honored here:
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Student and Professional Senate Reports!
Reports from our Student Senate as well as our Teacher of the Year and Instructional Support Person of the Year were presented.
 
Student Senate Report
This month the student report was given by 12th Grader Javonte Middleton, and 11th Grader Regina Slater of Jenkins High School. Read more:
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Superintendent’s Professional Senate Report: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJNRM5EF872

Appearances Before the Board:

Georgia Power representatives appeared before the Board to present $1,000 New Teacher Grant Awards to three SCCPSS teachers. Thank you Georgia Power!

Portman’s Music
owner, Mr. Jerry Portman, appeared before the Board to make a donation of musical instruments to students who were selected as recipients. Those receiving instruments are:

- Alan Carlyle (Georgetown K8) – Trumpet
- Ava Holcey (Georgetown K8) – Flute
- Kaylee Lucas (Largo-Tibet ES) – Alto Sax
- Jeffery Betke (DeRenne MS) – Alto Sax
- Jesus Hernandez Pena (Brock ES) – Trombone
- Chike’ Hill (Southwest MS) – Trombone
- Nykolas Gibbons (DeRenne MS) – Trombone
- Kalia Lee (DeRenne MS) – Flute

City of Savannah Budget Director Melissa Carter appeared before the Board to present information on proposed Fire Fees. The fees, if assessed under the City’s 2018 Budget, would create additional operating expenses for the school district.

Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach appeared before the Board to show support for a collaborative partnership with the school district that would support Early Childhood Education!

REGULATION UPDATE:

The following item was presented to the Board for information:

Regulation JBC-R – School Admissions is being modified to include additional information regarding the criteria for Choice Programs. Choice Program Admissions Criteria will be removed from the Board Policy Manual as the criteria for Choice Programs is posted annually to the District’s website and shared widely with all schools. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJNRV5EF87A

Savannah Classical Academy Charter Receives Extension

The Savannah Classical Academy Charter School (SCA) has served the students of Savannah-Chatham County is currently in the final year of their existing Charter. During this period, SCA has had difficulty adhering to the material terms of its charter, including failure to meet the accountability expectations set forth for academics and student performance. The Georgia Department of Education District Flexibility and Charter Schools Division placed SCA on probation and requested that SCA create a corrective action plan to address its deficiencies and comply with its charter.

GaDOE has approved that corrective action plan and SCA has begun its implementation by providing additional professional development to teachers, realigning curriculum to the Georgia Standards of Excellence, and engaging outside academic specialists and charter consultants.

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Legislative Priorities

The Board of Education voted to adopt their 2018 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES (GOALS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

The proposed priorities for the 2018 Legislative Session include:
 - Fair and Equitable State Accountability System
 - Consistency in the State Accountability Model (CCRPI)
 - Early Childhood Education: Specifically an increase Pre-K program funding to address early childhood education.
 - Legislative Implementation Process: Specifically that effective implementation of new initiatives brought about by legislative action should include sufficient time for planning, budgeting, and implementation.
 - Support Increased Funding for the State Health Benefit Plan and the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia.
 - Reform Tax Credit Program (QEE)
 - Elimination of Austerity Reductions
 - Education Technology: Specifically increased state contribution for local education technology and staffing needs to improve and enhance classroom instruction

For more information and details on these Priorities, please follow this link: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJNS35EF880

Budget Transfers

Budget transfers were requested and approved for construction and technology expenditures. Those items included:

 - An Academic Affairs request to transfer $130,000 from a computer equipment account to support the purchase of Unify/Performance Matters and our Early Warning Detection System. This Digital Data System will allow leadership, teachers, and staff to determine progress made on those key indicators of student success. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATKPYR663BEB

- A request for the transfer of $120,000 for realignment of funds to cover the cost of the roof replacement project at Myers Middle School. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATRVDL7EB53B

- A request to transfer $120,500 for realignment of funds to cover the cost of the dock renovation project at Oatland Island.
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- A request that $200,000 be transferred from an ESPLOST II Unallocated Account to purchase audio enhancement equipment for all band and chorus classrooms, classroom projector replacements, laptop battery replacements, and to complete the Library Media Center Commons initiative from ESPLOST II. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJPS9631E23

ZONAR Device and GPS Kit Service Renewal

The Board approved annual recurring service fees in the total amount of $178,141.92 for services related to use of the devices which continue to provide drivers the means for performing pre and post trip inspections of the school buses, the ability to electronically record any mechanical defect with buses, locate any of the equipped vehicles, and also serves as the time and attendance resource for school bus drivers and monitors, allowing for drivers and monitors to clock in and out from their buses. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJPT763775B

Policy Adoptions!

Policy DCI – Budget Amendments and Transfers
has been modified to update dollar amounts for approval authority and to update transfer language. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJQ4Y652BC8

Board Policy JBC: School Admissions has been modified to align the policy with the State Board Rule. Revisions to the policy include the following:
 - Documenting enrollment requirements
 - Adding kinship caregiver to the list of persons that may enroll eligible students
 - Enrolling children of military families http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJQ4Z652E0C

Quarterly ESPLOST Update!

A quarterly update on the District’s multimillion dollar ESPLOST construction projects was provided to the Board that included ESPLOST II highlights and updates on progress of ESPLOST III plans. For the full report, follow this link. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJNUV5EF8DA

Beach High Auditorium Project Progress! The Board approved the selection of J.W. Robinson & Associates, Inc. as the firm to design the auditorium project for Beach High, pending final contract negotiations to be approved by the Superintendent.

PERSONNEL MOVES!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING EMPLOYEES!

Mercer Middle: Christian Pantin – Interim School
Principal

Shuman Elementary: Evanita Wallace-Lewis – Interim School Principal

Hodge Elementary: Kimberly Dozier – Interim Assistant Principal

Low Elementary: Patrick Barnes – Interim Assistant Principal

WINGS Elementary: Sylvia Jenkins – Interim Assistant Center Leader

Board Brief – Highlights from the November 1, 2017 School Board Meeting

Postsecondary Accelerated Options

At the Informal Meeting of the Board, members received an update on the District Accountability System’s, Goal 1, Objective C which seeks to increase the number of students meeting high school graduation requirements necessary to be successful when entering post-secondary education and/or the workforce.  Some of the numbers shared include:

v  In SY 2016-17, 1,891 students successfully completed one or more AP, IB, or dual enrollment courses.  The district’s completion rate of 21% was above the SY 2019-20 target of 20%.

v  The percentage of PAO completers increased by 3 points compared to last year, representing 285 additional students who completed one or more AP, IB, or dual enrollment courses.  

v  While most PAO completion is within the Advanced Placement option, participation in dual enrollment has more than doubled over the past three years.

Read the entire report here:

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Operation Beacon Update!

Also at the Informal session, Board members received an update on district’s Operation Beacon Volunteer Program.  The numbers as of late October included 3,135 volunteer applicants!  The program provides a simple 3-step process for signing up as a volunteer and offers a method for background clearance that supports student and staff safety.  Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should visit the district’s website or call the SCCPSS Office of Communications at 912-395-5538.  To view the Board report, please follow this link:

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Superintendent’s Gala for the Arts Planned!

Board members received information regarding the Inaugural Superintendent’s Gala for the Arts planned for Friday, December 8, 2017.  The Gala will highlight student performances at the new Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Garrison School for the Arts, followed by a dinner held at Savannah Station.  Funds raised will support Arts programs at schools across the District! 

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Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for October was announced! Congratulations Camren Holmes, 9th grade student from Jenkins High School!

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National Student Astronaut Challenge

Congratulations are in order for Isle of Hope K8!  Their student Astronaut club called the “Fiddlernauts” has qualified two teams to move forward to National competition in the NASA Student Astronaut Challenge for 2018.

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School Nurses Awarded Automated External Defibrillators

Hesse K8 School, New Hampstead High School, Bloomingdale Elementary School and Coastal Georgia Comprehensive Academy are safer places for staff and students thanks to the hard work of their school nurses.  Each of the schools were selected to receive a new automated external defibrillator (AED) by the Michael Vincent Sage Dragonheart Foundation. The nurses recognized include:

·         Sara Breeden and Holli Rhodes of Hesse K8

·         Latoya Bonilla and Kanitha Black of New Hampstead High

·         Jeanette Braxton of Bloomingdale Elementary

·         Sheri Neidlinger of Coastal Georgia Comprehensive

 

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Children’s Book Festival Young Writer’s Contest

Five SCCPSS students were named winners in the Savannah Children’s Book Festival Young Writers Contest. The challenge was to write a poem that celebrates the works of this year’s featured authors.

 

In the Kindergarten – 2nd Grade level SCCPSS had both the first and third place winners:

·         1st Place: Jacob G. Smith 2nd Grader Keating Taylor won for his poem entitled “What’s Up”

·         3rd Place: Savannah Classical Academy 2nd Grader Alexandra Mackowiak was recognized for her poem entitled “With a Little Magic Dust”

 

In the 3RD – 5TH GRADE Level:

·         1st Place: “My Dream” Chloe Cipoletti, 3rd Grade, Savannah Classical Academy

 

In the 9TH – 12TH GRADE Level SCCPSS had two winners:

·         2nd Place: 11th Grader Rashamel Sallen of the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High for the poem “Only in My Heart"3rd Place: 9th Grader Dominique Cooper, also from Savannah High, was recognized for the poem entitled “Poem!!”

·        3rd Place: 9th Grader Dominique Cooper, also from Savannah High, was recognized for the poem entitled “Poem!!”

 

Student and Professional Senate Reports!

Reports from our Student Senate as well as from our Teacher of the Year and Instructional Support Person of the Year were presented.

Student Senate Report: This month the student report was given by Antonio Taharka and Zyare Orr of Savannah Early College. Read more:

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Superintendent’s Professional Senate Report:

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American Education Week Celebrated!

A Proclamation was read recognizing November 13–17, 2017, as the 96th annual observance of American Education Week.

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Retired Educators Recognized!

The Board proclaims November 5, 2017, as “Retired Educators Day” and calls upon the citizens of Savannah-Chatham County to observe that day in an appropriate manner honoring retired educators. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ASFTJG779888


Policy First Reads!

The following items were presented to the Board for consideration:

Policy DCI – Budget Amendments and Transfers has been modified to update dollar amounts for approval authority and to update transfer language.

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Board Policy JBC: School Admissions has been modified to align the policy with the State Board Rule.  Revisions to the policy include the following:

·         Documenting enrollment requirements

·         Adding kinship caregiver to the list of persons that may enroll eligible students

·         Enrolling children of military families

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Construction Update!

The Board approved the transfer of funds to begin the replacement of the roof over the Myers Middle School locker rooms.

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ESPLOST PROJECTS!

General Contracting Services for the Culinary Arts Lab at Savannah High School:  The Board voted to approve a $994,274 bid from RL Construction Group, Inc. of Savannah to construct the new Culinary Arts Lab as part of the Career Academy at Savannah High.

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Design Professional Services for the Replacement of White Bluff Elementary School: The Board approved the selection of James W. Buckley & Associates, Inc. as the firm to design the replacement school for White Bluff Elementary pending final contract negotiations to be approved by the Superintendent. 

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Design Professional Services for Jenkins High School Replacement Project: The Board approved the selection of Hussey, Gay, Bell and DeYoung International, Inc., as the firm to design the replacement school for Jenkins High pending final contract negotiations.  

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Thunderbolt Facility to be Used for Film Offices! The Board ratified a contract/facility use Agreement that will allow Gemini Pictures, LLC to use the former Thunderbolt Elementary School as a film production office for personnel and equipment, camera test space, screening room, lab and other similar uses in connection with the filming and/or recording of scenes in connection with the Picture. The company will pay the district $26,000 a month to do so.

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Policy Adopted!

Board Policy JBCCA(2): Unsafe School Choice Option has been modified to reflect changes in the amended State Board Rule.  The policy was also updated to include the transfer guidelines included in the State Board Rule for victims of violent criminal offenses.    

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New Technology Approved! The Board approved the Division of Academic Affairs establishing a contract with “Performance Matters” to provide a Unify Data Suite complete solution that will allow staff to use connected data to make informed meaningful learning decisions. This Early Warning Detection System will allow SCCPSS teachers and administrators to track student readiness in regards to attendance, discipline and academics to enable our educators to provide support based on the specific needs of the student, thus helping to make data matter more meaningful and intentional.

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PERSONNEL MOVES

Dr. Jacob Wilson has resigned from his position as Principal of the School of Humanities at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary.  We wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Pamela West has retired from her position as Center Leader of WINGS.  Congratulations on her long career and we hope she has a wonderful retirement!

Darrell Boazman has been hired as the new Senior Director, Operations – Construction.  Welcome!

Kathleen Taylor has been appointed Interim Principal at Low Elementary where she has been serving as Assistant Principal. Congratulations to Ms. Taylor!

Board Brief – Highlights from the October 4, 2017 School Board Meeting

Graduation Rate Sets a New Record!
The Georgia Department of Education has released SY 2016-17 graduation rates for the state of Georgia. SCCPSS improved its cohort graduation rate by more than one point over last year – rising from 83.2% to 84.3% and established a new record high for the district. This also places the district ahead of the state average for the third year in a row!

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Naming of the Garrison Performance Hall – Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts
Policy FDC, Naming Facilities, states that "before adopting a name for a facility, the name shall be presented to the Board at one meeting and voted on by the Board at the next meeting." A team was appointed by the Superintendent to provide three proposed names for the new performing arts addition constructed at the Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts. The following proposed names were presented at the September 6, 2017, School Board meeting:

1. Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts

2. Garrison Performing Arts Center

3. Ben Tucker Performing Arts Center

The Yamacraw Indians were the original settlers of the Savannah area before James Oglethorpe arrived and negotiated with Tomochichi and the Yamacraw to move their village up river. The Board adopted the recommended name at the October 4th Board Meeting.

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Hurricane Irma Impacts Reviewed!

At the Informal Session Wednesday, Board members received an update on the affect Hurricane Irma had on District Operations. SCCPSS played a vital role in assisting the community with evacuation and emergency operations, in addition to planning and implementing the shutdown and re-opening of more than 55 school sites and facilities.

SCCPSS buses were used to evacuate thousands of Chatham County residents. STEM Academy @ Bartlett provided the Southside Fire Department use of the gym for housing & staging for critical workforce. The Pt. Wentworth Police Department used Mercer Middle School as a staging area. Groves High School was used as a temporary shelter; and the Woodville-Tompkins Annex served as Joint Operations Center.

Inspections of our facilities after the storm passed generated 464 storm related work orders, reports of 71 trees damaged, and required the replacement of over 668 ceiling tiles. Once repairs were completed and power restored to our facilities - environmental testing was completed. In addition, all buses were cleaned and sanitized before school resumed on Monday, September 18, 2017.

Some food had to be discarded due to spoilage at sites that lost power. Overtime was paid to staff that worked throughout the storm or in the recovery period to prepare schools for staff and student return. Total cost to the district was $892,297.11 of which FEMA reimbursed $787,915.93, leaving a cost to SCCPSS of $104,381.18. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of every employee who assisted in the evacuation and reopening of our school district!

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Sharing the Good News!

Superintendent’s Student of the Month for September was announced as 1st grader Yasli Mazariegos of Largo-Tibet Elementary School!

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State Superintendent Student Advisory Council - Three SCCPSS students have been selected to be part of State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ 2017-2018 Student Advisory Council. Throughout the school year, these students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom. The SCCPSS students chosen are:

Bernard Bentley of Hesse K8 – 8th Grade
Alivia Rukmana of Savannah Arts Academy – 11th Grade
Claire Few of Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School – 11th Grade

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SCCPSS School Nutrition Program Wins Multiple Awards - The SCCPSS School Nutrition Program has been named a Best Practice Award Winner by the Georgia USDA and a USDA Regional Winner for 2017 in the category of Promoting a Healthy School Environment. In addition – the District’s School Nutrition Program has once again been recognized with a Golden Radish Award at the Silver level for our Farm to School efforts!

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Million Book Challenge Donations!
Two donations to the District’s Million Book Challenge were announced. Georgia Power has donated $1,000. Ms. Swan Seiler was at the Board Meeting to present a check to the Superintendent. An anonymous donation of $3,200 was also announced – the first of three installments to add up to $9,600 towards purchasing classroom libraries for our schools!

Student and Professional Senate Reports!
Reports from our Student Senate as well as from our Teacher of the Year and Instructional Support Person of the Year were presented.

Student Report: This month the student report was given by 12th Grader De’Asia Wilson and 11th Grader Damyia Albury or Groves High School.

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Professional Report:

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Celebrating Your Work!

School Bus Driver Appreciation!
Savannah-Chatham County Public School bus drivers are a vital part of our public school system traveling over four-million miles each year as they transport more than 25,000 students each day to and from school and school sanctioned activities. The Board of Public Education for the City of Savannah and County of Chatham does hereby proclaim the week of October 16th - 20th, 2017, as the observance of School Bus Safety Week and October 16th, 2017, as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in recognition of the contribution drivers and other school transportation staff make to our public education system, and we encourage all citizens to recognize school bus drivers and support program staff for the services they provide.

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National School Lunch Week!
The week of October 9-13, 2017, has been proclaimed National School Lunch Week within the District and all residents are encouraged to become aware and concerned about their children’s and their own nutrition habits in hope of achieving a more healthful citizenry for today and for the future.

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National Custodial Workers Day!
Educational Support Professionals who are custodial workers provide a clean environment for students to learn in, while those in maintenance departments provide safe surroundings for students and staff alike. The Board of Public Education for the City of Savannah and County of Chatham, recognizes and proclaims October 2, 2017, as the National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day.

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Policy Adoptions!

Board Policy BA: Update of Strategic Goals has been modified to align the goals with the changes to DAS-REMI.

The current strategic goals are as follows:

GOAL 1: To Ensure all Students are College and Career Ready.

GOAL 2: To Provide a Supportive Learning Environment that is Conducive to Teaching and Learning.

GOAL 3: To Maximize Family and Community Engagement that Contributes to the Advancement of Student Success.

GOAL 4: To Build Professional Capacity in Order to Achieve a Premier Student-Focused Workforce.

GOAL 5: To Maximize Resource Stewardship and Fiscal Responsibility by Ensuring District Resources are Used Efficiently, Effectively, Economically, and Equitably

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Policy IHB - Homework Board Policy IHB: Homework is being revised to include changes to homework requirements for grades K-2. Homework for grades K-2 will not be counted for grading purposes.

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Policy DJE: Purchasing has been modified to update the competitive process requirements. Competitive Pricing for purchases ranging in dollar amount from $0 - $2499 – can now be determined by ABC Book; valid statewide contract; or two (2) written quotations which may include catalog or website pricing if pricing cannot be obtained from ABC Book awarded vendors.

From $2,500 to $29,999 - ABC Book; valid statewide contract; or three (3) to five (5) written quotations obtained and filed by Purchasing Department.

$30,000 and up - ABC Book; valid statewide contract; sealed bid or Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

**Sites may continue to purchase up to $4,999 in commodities such as office supplies and library books by listing awarded Bid/RFP numbers.

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Charter Renewal! The Board voted to approve the Charter Renewal Petition for Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School. It establishes a 5-year charter term serving students in grades K-5.

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Capital Improvements!
The Board received an update on Capital Improvement projects and ESPLOST fund collections. As of July – $42,880,889.60 has been received from ESPLOST III – representing seven months of 60 in ESPLOST III funding. There are a number of Capital Improvements underway at many of our schools. These include:

Beach High Field House
Savannah Arts Window Replacement
ADA renovations at Windsor Forest High, STEM Academy @ Bartlett
Islands High Greenhouse Addition
Windsor Forest High Construction Lab
School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High Culinary Arts Lab
Woodville Tompkins Hospitality Lab
Re-roofing at a number of facilities

Plus much more! Read the full report here!

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Board Brief – Highlights from the September 6, 2017 School Board Meeting

Great Start to the Year for Transportation!

At the Informal Session Wednesday, Board members received an update from Transportation staff on how staff plans to improve service for our families. A review of the 2016-17 school year looked at four main factors: On Time Performance, Transportation Routes, Bus Safety and Reliability, as well as Customer Satisfaction.

On-Time Performance improvement plans call for Site Administrators to ensure school staff develop and execute a seven (7) minute loading and departure process. Transportation Staff will adjust routes as necessary, as well as develop and implement a maintenance schedule to ensure the timely and effective repair of all busses. In addition, Transportation will continuously assess routes and identify potential over laps to reduce routes and improve efficiency. In addition, plans have been put in place to reduce the age of our fleet and validate inspections and continue seeking feedback from our staff and families to improve customer service.

Board members commented that they have already seen a difference. Several commented that they have received positive feedback from their constituents and received zero to very few complaints compared to previous years. The change was credited to the hard work of Transportation Staff to make improvements for the 2017-18 School Year!
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REPORT ON GMAS, EOG & EOC

The Academic Affairs division presented the Board with a report on GMAS End of Course and End of Grade assessments from the last school year.

Some highlights include:

In ELA and Math Content Mastery:

  • Brock achieved the greatest one-year improvement with a gain of 7 points
  • West Chatham and Garrison made the most improvement over the past three years, with gains of 8 points from 2015 to 2017.

 

In ELA and Math Content Mastery Cohort Data: 

  • Brock, Isle of Hope, and Tybee achieved double-digit gains compared to last year.
  • Bloomingdale, Butler, Hodge, Garrison, Georgetown, Isle of Hope, and Tybee improved their 2017 proficiency rate by 10 or more points compared to 2015.
  • Garden City and Garrison achieved double-digit gains compared to last year.
  • Bloomingdale’s annual increases have resulted in a three-year gain of 21 points.

In meeting or exceeding Proficiency in the ELA Content Area:

  • Beach, Early College, Woodville-Tompkins, DeRenne, Hubert, Southwest, STEM, and Hesse achieved double-digit gains over last year.

In meeting of exceeding Proficiency in the Science Content Area:

  • Johnson, STEM, and Godley Station achieved double-digit gains over last year.

Sharing the Good News!

2017-18 SCHOOL OPENING UPDATE - On Thursday, August 3rd, 2017, students from across Savannah-Chatham County made their way back to the classroom in eager anticipation of the start of another successful school year. September 6th marks the 24th day of what we are anticipating will be another outstanding school year for our students and staff.

Our student enrollment continues to maintain levels near the 38,000 mark. Based on the 2017-18 tenth-day enrollment count (August 16, 2017) the District now serves 37,339 students. As is typical for the start of the year, schools saw varying levels of enrollment differences; however, the highest grade level increases are reflected in the K8 and High School levels. We have been shifting resources, to include movement of staff where warranted, to best meet the needs of our students and effectively manage teacher to pupil class size ratios.
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Superintendent’s Student of the Month for August was announced as 8th grader Madeleine Pelli from Garrison School for the Arts!

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Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Finance team was recognized for having received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for their work on the District’s annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. This certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

PTA Awards - Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools and the Savannah-Chatham PTA Council have made great strides in growing positive engagement efforts between parents and our schools. This effort was recognized through numerous awards during the Annual PTA Conference in Atlanta last month.
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The Million Book Challenge was launched this year with the goal of providing a class library for every classroom in grades K-5! The Million Book Challenge is a way to provide literacy support and reinforce the importance of reading. Since the launch of this initiative, we have been fortunate to receive support from many partners in the community. At Wednesday’s Board Meeting three of those Community Partners were recognized for making $500 donations to the effort. Those businesses are:

Bank South

Savannah Schools Federal C. U.

Armstrong College of Education

In addition, Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett was recognized for making a personal $500 donation. Another surprise donation in the amount of $5000 was given by Mr. Kevin Jackson and his wife. Mr. Jackson is the CEO of EnviroVac - The Clean Company. Though the $5000 donation was made personally, his company also donated 8 Samsung Galaxy tablets to students who have donated the most books to the drive.

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Student and Professional Senate Reports!

The start of the school year means the return of reports from our Student Senate as well as from our Teacher of the Year and Instructional Support Person of the Year.

Student Report presented by: Chloe Lynch and Shevin Smith of Islands High
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Professional Report presented by: TOTY Cindy Jeffries and ISPY Marlowe Bruccoleri

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First Reads!


Board Policy DJE: Purchasing
has been modified to update the competitive process requirements. Competitive Pricing for purchases ranging in dollar amount from $0 - $2499 – can now be determined by ABC Book; valid statewide contract; or two (2) written quotations which may include catalog or website pricing if pricing cannot be obtained from ABC Book awarded vendors.

 

From $2,500 to $29,999 - ABC Book; valid statewide contract; or three (3) to five (5) written quotations obtained and filed by Purchasing Department.

 

$30,000 and up - ABC Book; valid statewide contract; sealed bid or Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

**Sites may continue to purchase up to $4,999 in commodities such as office supplies and library books by listing awarded Bid/RFP numbers. Policy changes are not final until approved by the Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

Board Policy BA: Goals and Objectives has been modified to align the goals with the changes to DAS-REMI. Policy changes are not final until approved by the Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

The current strategic goals are as follows:

GOAL 1 To Ensure all Students are College and Career Ready.

GOAL 2 To Provide a Supportive Learning Environment that is Conducive to Teaching and Learning.

GOAL 3 To Maximize Family and Community Engagement and that Contributes to the Advancement of Student Success.

GOAL 4 To Build Professional Capacity in Order to Achieve a Premier Student-Focused Workforce.

GOAL 5 To Maximize Resource Stewardship and Fiscal Responsibility by Ensuring District Resources are Used Efficiently, Effectively, Economically, and Equitably

Policy IHB - Homework Board Policy IHB: This policy is being revised to include changes to homework requirements for grades K-2. Students in grades K-2 are encouraged to read 20 minutes each day as well as complete assigned math practice items. Homework for grades K-2 is not to be graded. Policy changes are not final until approved by the Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

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Administrative Regulation IFAA-R, Exhibit IFAA-E(1), and Exhibit IFAA-E(2) - Textbook Selection and Adoption - Regulation IFAA-R, Exhibit IFAA-E(1), and Exhibit IFAA-E(2) were modified to align the regulation and exhibits with the state board rules included in the revisions to Policy IFAA that was adopted at the August 9, 2017 Board Meeting. The term “Instructional Materials” has been substituted throughout for the previously used term “Learning Materials.”

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Proposed naming of facility: GARRISON ADDITION PERFORMANCE HALL - In accordance with Policy FDC and Administrative Regulation FDC-R, Naming Facilities, a team was appointed by the Superintendent to provide three proposed names for the new performing arts addition constructed at the Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts. The name will be voted on at the October Meeting of the Board of Education.

The suggested names are:

1. Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts

2. Garrison Performing Arts Center

3. Ben Tucker Performing Arts Center

SCCPSS Attendance Proclamation Chatham County Commissioner Chester Ellis appeared before the Board to present the District with a Proclamation recognizing the District’s efforts to improve attendance for all students which increases the levels of student success.

Update of District Accountability System (DAS-REMI) 2017-18 (goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) was approved to align with the approved new goals. The District Accountability System - Reporting, Evaluating, and Monitoring Instrument (DAS-REMI) provides the framework for the school system’s strategic planning process. It incorporates the Mission and Vision statements, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Goals as approved by the Board of Education for the City of Savannah and the County of Chatham. Supporting each of the Board’s strategic goals are one or more objectives with specific measures and performance targets. The objectives specify what the Superintendent and District staff will be focusing on to accomplish each of the Board’s strategic goals.
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RFP 18-02 Balanced Literacy Implementation - The Board approved a contract with Scholastic, Inc. to provide the Division of Academic Affairs with a Balanced Literacy program that will engage and motivate students while helping to master foundational reading skills. Four bids had been received with Scholastic being determined by the evaluation committee to have the most responsive proposal at a cost of $861,629 pending final contract negotiations. The program will also include a comprehensive reporting tool for teachers and administrators to track student proficiency and progress as required by the GaDOE Tiered System of Supports.

Report on Use of Audits – As part of Strategic Goal 5, Objective G, the Board was provided a summary report of the various internal and external audits and program reviews used by the District as tools for continuous improvement.

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CHARTER RENEWALS!

The Board approved Charter Renewals for Oglethorpe Academy and Tybee Island Maritime Academy.


Oglethorpe Charter Petition
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Tybee Maritime Petition

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Approval of Contract Change Order

The Board approved a contract change order under RFQ C14-06 for Design Professional Services for the Islands Complex Planning and Design. The contract was awarded to Thomas and Hutton for master planning and design of a multi-phase athletic/physical education and site improvement project. The project encompasses Islands HS, Coastal MS, and Marshpoint ES. The initial phases of the project were funded via ESPLOST II. The final phase of the project includes a football/soccer field and field house. This project is included in the approved ESPLOST III program and funding is now available. The contract is for the amount of $245,500.

Congratulations!

Lesley Taylor, Principal of May Howard Elementary School, was promoted to Interim Director of School Improvement, Elementary Governance at the August 9th meeting of the Board of Education. Tahisha Wright was appointed the new principal of May Howard.

Resolution to Recommit!

The Superintendent and Board recommitted to using good governance practices.

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Board Brief – Highlights from the August 9, 2017 School Board Meeting

No Change for Backpacks! Policy remains unchanged SY 17-18...
Discussion surrounding the district’s requirement for student backpacks took place during the Informal Session of the Board meeting on Wednesday. Board members voiced concerns received by parents regarding the use of clear or mesh material. The Superintendent agreed that while student safety remains the guiding factor for the policy, a review of current practice is in order and that a group comprised of district staff and parents will examine the issue for possible revisions. Because the new school year has started, the Superintendent says the intention at this time is to honor the current regulation while the review takes place.

Great Start and Enthusiasm for the Million Books Challenge!
The District’s "Million Books Challenge" for grades K-5 is gaining ground as schools everywhere are taking in books to support reading and literacy! In support of the Balanced Literacy plan, the Million Books Challenge presents a call to action for the community to support our schools and donate new or gently used books. Our goal is to provide a class library for EVERY teacher in grades K-5! Join in and make a donation. Drop books at your school or bring them to the Academic Affairs Division in Central Office located at 208 Bull Street in Savannah.

Reading and Math Readiness!
At the Informal Session Wednesday, Board members received a report from the Academic Affairs team on Reading and Math Readiness from SY 2016-17. Read the full report here: DAS Reading and Math Readiness. Some highlights include:

  • Students in grades 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 met the annual improvement target in Reading Readiness with gains of 1 to 6 points compared to last year. 
  • Grade level cohort data in Reading Readiness shows 3-year gains of 22 percentage points for the 2015 Grade 2 cohort, 14 percentage points for the 2015 Grade 3 cohort, and 7 points for the 2015 Grade 6 cohort. 
  • Math Readiness rates rose from 2016 to 2017 in all grade levels, with one-year gains ranging from 2 points in grade 7 to 6 points in grade 5. 
  • Math Readiness Grade level cohort data show gains of 6 and 9 percentage points among the 2015 Grade 2 and 2015 Grade 6 cohorts, respectively.
  • Nearly all elementary schools met their annual improvement target for Math Readiness across all grade levels combined, with only three sites not progressing from the prior year. Elementary schools with double-digit gains include Butler, Garden City, Gould, Howard, and Pt. Wentworth. 
  • The Academic Affairs School Improvement Team in partnership with the School-Based Academic Coaches will continue developing, refining, and implementing a comprehensive school improvement plan, which focuses on differentiated planning, observation, modeling and support.

GREAT WORK! Sharing the Good News!

Six SCCPSS Art Teachers received grants from the Landings Art Association for their creative and innovative proposals for programs that will benefit more than 1,200 area Kindergarten through 5th grade students. Congratulations to each of the following teachers who were awarded $300 dollar grants:

Hyungsook Lee, Butler Elementary School
Clemencia Niles, Gould Elementary School
Megan Peigelbeck, Isle of Hope K-8
Elizabeth Harper, Pooler Elementary School
Mary-Beth Whitecotton, Southwest Elementary School
S. Jessica Ruffner, Pulaski Elementary School

Groves High School has been named a 2017 National Beta School of Merit. The prestigious honor is an indication of the school’s dedication to academic excellence and commitment to celebrating student achievement. Groves High School offers National Beta to all eligible grades, providing student experiences in leadership development and service involvement.

DeRenne Middle School has secured the services of a Chinese teacher to begin a World Languages Program this year. The teacher comes to the District through a partnership with Savannah State University’s Confucius Institute.

Maintenance & Operations Employee of the Year Recognized! Mr. Stephen Rasche, our Maintenance & Operations employee of the year has worked for the SCCPSS Maintenance Department for 10 years as an HVAC Maintenance Mechanic and provides technical service to 21 school kitchens located throughout the district. His duties also include technical service to the Central Zone Electrical and Plumbing Departments. Mr. Rasche was nominated by his peers for his commitment to our school system and outstanding technical work. Congratulations!

2017-18 Promotion Guidelines Updated

Promotion and Retention – Promotion Guidelines Exhibit IHE-E(3) was modified to provide updated promotion guidelines for the 17-18 School Year. In our work to directly align local reading and math assessments with the Georgia Milestones, a consolidation plan that expands the NWEA MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) into one platform has been implemented to better assess reading and math. This means the previous Dibels, mClass Math, and the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) have been eliminated. The annual proficiency targets for math and reading have been updated and posted to Exhibit IHE-E(3):

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ESPLOST Progress!
The Board has awarded a contract to Ben Hill Roofing and Siding to replace the roof at Garden City Elementary School at a cost of $885,130.00.

Board Brief – Highlights from the July 12, 2017 School Board Meeting

Sharing the Good News!

COMMUNITY PARTNER SPOTLIGHT! Parker’s was recognized as a valuable community partner for contributing to our district through the company’s "Fueling the Community" program. The generosity has resulted in thousands of dollars raised for Savannah-Chatham Schools over the past few years. In May of this year the company presented checks that were earmarked for many schools across the district - the total amount raised was $20,000 dollars!

HEALTHY SCHOOLS! Both Pooler Elementary School and Shuman Elementary School were recognized for having made the list of America’s Healthiest Schools for 2017! The two schools have made enough progress in efforts to promote nutrition and physical activity that they have each been awarded the 2017 Bronze National Healthy Schools Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

EDUCATOR OF DISTINCTION! Woodville Tompkins Culinary Arts Instructor Carl Dyson-Bosier, was recognized for having been selected a "Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction" by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Each year student members of NSHSS are invited to nominate the educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career.

AWARD RECOGNITIONS! Four BOE Campus Police Award recipients were recognized for their dedication and commitment to safety in our schools. Mildred Patterson has been named the 2017 Crossing Guard of the Year, Margaret Kemp the 2017 Civilian of the Year, APO Kenneth Ware was recognized as the 2017 Officer of the Year, and Deputy Superintendent Vanessa Miller-Kaigler was named the winner of the 2017 Leadership Award. Congratulations to all!

New Charter School – Susie King Taylor Community School
At the Informal Session Wednesday, Board members received an update from staff of the new Susie King Taylor Community School on their preparations for opening day of the 2017-18 SY. The Charter Petition was approved by the Board on November 9, 2016, that included an anticipated opening in the fall of 2017. The school reports 180 students enrolled with 36 on the waitlist. Renovations to their facility are reported as "on track" with most tasks due to be completed by the end of next week. Furnishings and supplies have been ordered and are on their way.

The school, located at 1709 Bull Street in Savannah, will employ 10 classroom teachers and is led by School Director, Dr. Latrisha Chattin. The school’s opening ceremony is scheduled for August 3rd.

Construction Update! Beach High Field House
The new Field House for Beach High School is one step closer to the start of construction with the Board’s approval of bid C17-19 which names Dabbs-Williams General Contractors, LLC, as the company tasked with the construction of the field house. The project was approved for the negotiated total project cost of $801,325.00. CLICK HERE: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ANRSN76D650E

2018-19 SY Calendar Approved! The District now has next year’s academic calendar approved. The 2018-19 School Year calendar was approved by the Board and includes a school start date of Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Teachers would return on Thursday, August 2, 2018. The calendar is responsive to input received to move the start date back and is almost a week later than the traditional "First Thursday in August". It also designates four emergency make up days in the event conditions create the need for the recovery of lost instructional time and includes a Holiday for All on Monday, November 12, 2018, in observance of Veteran’s Day which falls on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Other SY 18-19 Calendar Highlights Include:

  • 180 student instructional days
  • Completes the first semester before the winter holiday break
  • Aligns with the Georgia Department of Education testing windows
  • Includes strategically placed staff planning days for teachers
  • Includes a staff planning day after the Winter Break
  • Provides four designated emergency make up days
  • Provides eleven paid holidays for all staff including November 12 in observance of Veteran’s Day
  • Provides a three day Thanksgiving Break
  • Includes a thirteen day Winter Break for students
  • Provides a full week of Spring Break that starts immediately after St. Patrick’s Day

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SY 17-18 STARTS AUGUST 3 – School Registration: Don’t Wait!

We are quickly approaching the start of the new school year and we would like to remind our new families who have moved to the area, or existing families who have had a change of address that will require their children to attend a different school, to register before the first day. Additional registration opportunities include:

LOCATION: Whitney Administrative Complex, Professional Learning Center
2 Laura Avenue, Savannah, GA
DATES: July 12, 13, and 14, 2017: 8:00am-4:00pm
Saturday, July 29, 2017: 9:00am-1:00pm

LOCATION: Live Oak Public Library, Southside Branch
14097 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA
DATE: Saturday, July 29, 2017: 9:00am-1:00pm

PERSONNEL! Welcome Personnel Moves and New Positions!

Lydia Taylor: Interim Assistant Principal, Stem Academy at Bartlett

Benjamin Wanager: Interim Assistant Principal, Beach High

Mel Whitehead, Teacher Specialist - Performing Arts, Academic Affairs

Janet Junco, Teacher Specialist for Balanced Literacy, Academic Affairs

SEND US YOUR VOLUNTEERS!
The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is looking for volunteers to donate their time at our schools. Volunteers provide valued resources and experiences for our students and create connections that strengthen our schools. SCCPSS seeks to organize and capture our volunteers’ enthusiasm for education and passion for serving our schools.

The District is launching "Operation Beacon" as a new focused initiative to increase the number of volunteers who are currently working with our schools. Volunteering provides a wide array of opportunities in school operations that range from classroom helpers to tutors and mentors, to extracurricular activities and special events. We have opportunities to volunteer your time or expertise in nearly every area of interest!

In support of this initiative, SCCPSS will host six Volunteer Information Sessions the week of July 17th to share more details on the volunteer program. The schedule of sessions is as follows:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
9:00am to 11:00am – Southwest Middle School, 6030 Ogeechee Road, Savannah
5:30pm to 7:30pm – Hodge Elementary School, 975 Clinch Street, Savannah

Thursday, July 20, 2017
9:00am to 11:00am & 5:30pm to 7:30pm – BOTH sessions to be held at:
Woodville Tompkins Lower Campus, 402 Market Street, Savannah

Saturday, July 22, 2017
9:00am to 10:30am & 10:30am to Noon – BOTH sessions to be held at:
Johnson High School, 3012 Sunset Blvd., Savannah

Policy Adoptions!

Policy IDCH and Administrative Regulation IDCH-R were modified to align the policy and regulation with the state rules for dual enrollment to include High School Freshman and Sophomore students. CLICK HERE: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ANRSP26D6528

Policy CK Professional Learning Opportunities has been modified to align the policy with the new requirements for professional growth related to the teacher evaluation system. All school system personnel shall have access to professional learning opportunities that will lead to professional growth and the expansion of professional competencies (Classified Personnel) beginning the 2017-2018 school year. Professional Learning Communities will be required in all schools/departments. CLICK HERE: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ANRSNY6D6526

Policy EEE Wellness has been modified to comply with rules of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The associated regulation has been modified to comply with the Food and Nutrition requirements. Part 3, Physical Activity, remains under further review. CLICK HERE: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ANRTCG70E2DC

Policy First Reads! The following items were considered and the applicable policies will be up for adoption during the August 9 School Board Meeting.

Board Policy IFAA: Textbook Selection and Adoption has been modified to align the policy with state board rules. In the interest of transparency, in accordance with HB 739 O.C.G.A. § 20-2-1017, each local board of education shall establish a review and recommendation process for any locally approved instructional materials and content that are adopted or used by the local school system. CLICK HERE: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ANRSKV6D64C4

Board Policy IHF: Graduation Requirements has been modified to update the language for students with an Individual Education Program. CLICK HERE: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ANRSKY6D64C7

Regulation IHA-R(1) Grading Systems has been modified to include additional information under Computation of Grades related to bonus points for all approved Honors Courses. Additional discussion surrounded the inclusion of homework as a component for grading progress in subjects. The Regulation will be discussed further during the School Board’s next Academic Excellence Committee Meeting.

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