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M. Ann Levett, Ed.D.
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Board Briefs - Highlights from the August 8, 2018 Board Meeting

Safety and Security Update!
At the informal meeting of the Board, Chief Terry Enoch of Campus Police provided the Board with information on Safety and Security updates made or currently underway at district facilities this school year.
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Purchase of Additional Metal Detectors Approved
The Board approved the Campus Police request to purchase twenty-five (25) additional walk through metal detectors to assist and aid security measures at schools within the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. Due to the current climate in our communities and the possibility of violent crimes spilling over into our schools, Campus Police recommends taking proactive preventive measures by purchasing new walk-through metal detectors to assist in keeping our schools safe.
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Mutual Aid Agreement Approved Between SCCPSS and the Savannah Police Department/City of Savannah
A Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement between the City of Savannah and the Board of Public Education (Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS)) has been developed to specify terms of intergovernmental cooperation in the event of an emergency. With the February 1, 2018, dissolution of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD), existing mutual aid agreements require revision to substitute the City of Savannah and the Savannah Police Department (SPD) in place of SCMPD.
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Cyber-Security Update!
The Chief of Data and Accountability, David Feliciano, presented the Board with information on the growth of cyber security threats and detailed the multiple levels of defense the district employs to protect against those threats.
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Sharing the Good News!

STEM Academy High Achievement AP Scores
Advanced Placement is a program created by the College Board that offers college-level curricula and examinations to students. Hundreds of our high school students have shown impressive academic performance on these college level assessments. Twelve students from the STEM Academy were recognized at the Board posted High Honor AP Scores while in middle school.
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Beach High Wins Annual Superintendent’s Cup
In the spring, before the close of the school year, Beach High School hosted the 3rd annual All Services JROTC Competition. Seven JROTC programs from schools across the District representing the Army, Navy, and Air Force were on campus competing for trophies, medals, and the Superintendent’s Cup. Beach High School’s JROTC was the overall winner placing in the top three in all five competitions and coming out on top in three of the five challenges.
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Ready, Set, Go Back to School Celebrates 10 Years
The tenth annual "Ready, Set, Go Back To School Extravaganza" was held at the Savannah Civic Center this past Saturday, August 4th. SCCPSS is proud to participate in the event each year. Staff from Food and Nutrition, Transportation, and Student Services were in attendance providing valuable information regarding registration, school lunch programs, and bus routes among other services for our families.
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Vaden of Pooler Recognized for Partnership with Pooler Elementary on COW Campaign
As a dedicated business partner, Vaden Chevrolet of Pooler worked to raise enough money for the school to purchase a new Computer on Wheels technology bundle that we affectionately refer to as a "COW". On June 30th Vaden hosted representatives from Pooler Elementary School to present a check for $7,500 toward the school’s COW (Computer on Wheels) initiative.
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TitleMax Recognized for Book Donation
During the 2017-18 School 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! At the August 8th meeting of the Board, TitleMax was recognized for a recent donation of 1,600 books to the challenge.
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Exchanging of the Plates!
Our incoming and outgoing District Teacher of the Year and Instructional Support Person of the Year were recognized at the Board meeting with the traditional exchange of nameplates. Our outgoing TOTY is Cindy Jeffries of Haven Elementary. Our outgoing ISPY is Marlowe Bruccoleri of Heard Elementary. The incoming Teacher of the Year is Kiwonda Riley, currently an Academic Coach at Mercer Middle School. Our incoming Instructional Support Person of the Year is Lisa Sims-Stevens of Coastal Middle School.
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First Reads!

Board Functions: The Board held the first reading on a number of policy updates relating to Board Operations. Those updates covered topics including: the role of the School Attorney, Staff Relations, Meeting Agendas, Public Participation in Board Meetings, Policy Review and more. Additional Board feedback and discussion was held and these items will come back for a final second read in September.

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Policy GAEB Administrative Regulation GAEB-R: Harassment
Board Policy GAEB, Administrative Regulation GAEB-R, Exhibit GAEB-E(1), and Exhibit GAEB-E(2) have been modified to update language pertaining to complaints, anti-discrimination, and anti-harassment.
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Board Policy JBA and Administrative Regulation JBA-R(1) – Compulsory Attendance Ages have been modified to align with HB 718 which adds a subsection applicable to students of military families.
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Exhibit IHE-E(3) Promotion and Retention – Promotion Guidelines has been updated to support the transition from Lexile to NWEA MAP for Reading. This is the second year the district is using NWEA MAP for Reading in Grades K through 8.
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Policy Adopted!

Board Functions: The Board adopted a number of policy updates relating to Board Operations. Those updates covered topics including: Qualifications and Training, Resignations, Unexpired Terms, Board Officers, Election of Officers and Duties of Board Members along with Public Hearings and Board Superintendent Relationships among others.

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ESPLOST Update!

The Board approved a contract in the amount of $192,000 for the Above Grade Demolition of White Bluff Elementary School to Complete Demolition Services, LLC. The demolition will pave the way for construction to begin on the new multi-million dollar ESPLOST funded White Bluff Elementary School facility.
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NWEA Contract Approved to Provide Map Assessment Services
The Board approved the a renewal of the Sole Source contract with Northwest Evaluation Association, to provide Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), an online skill-based adaptive grade independent assessment tool for math and reading, for use by grades K-8.
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Contract Renewed with the YMCA for Before and After School Care
The Board exercised the third year renewal of RFP #15-74, Before and After School Care Services (Annual Contract) with the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. There is no cost to the district. Parents pay for before and after school care services. The YMCA provides an allowance of $2,000 per site to reimburse schools for the indirect costs associated with the program.
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21st Century Grants Approved for the 2018-19 School Year
On July 20, 2018, the State Board of Education approved the funding for the District’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grants. The 21st CCLC program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.
In order to meet audit requirements related to these grants, the District must document official acceptance of the grants in a scheduled Board meeting.
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Memorandum of Understanding Between SCCPSS and Communities in Schools Approved
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) and Communities in Schools of Savannah (CIS) has been developed to specify terms, funding, and the framework of services for the delivery of integrated student supports at Haven Elementary School.
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Memorandum of Understanding Approved for GEAR UP Georgia Grant
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia by and on behalf of Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation, Inc. has been developed to specify terms that will make the Near-Peer College and Career Adviser Program available to GEAR UP Georgia students (Class of 2022 freshman) at select SCCPSS schools.
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SCCPSS Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Compassion Church
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) and the Compassion Christian Church (CCC) has been developed to specify terms of a temporary parking lot usage agreement that would allow CCC to make use of parking spaces at the Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts. CCC will only be permitted when the Yamacraw Performing Arts Center or Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts is not hosting other Sunday activities that will be using the parking lot. The term of this Agreement shall only apply to Sundays over the next 90 days.
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August Meeting Schedule Announced

The Board announced the schedule for Committee meetings and a Board Retreat in the month of August. They are as follows:

WELLNESS COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
8:30 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, August 16, 2018
9:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue

BOARD RETREAT
Sunday, August 19, 2018
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Monday, August 20, 2018
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Coastal Georgia Center
305 Fahm Street

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
10:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue

AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, August 23, 2018
7:45 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue

ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
3:30 PM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue

CALENDAR COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, August 30, 2018
4:00 PM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue

Highlights from the July 11, 2018 School Board Meeting

ESPLOST Updates!
The Board took action at the July 11th Board meeting to move several ESPLOST projects forward. Those actions included:

Approving the award of RFQ/RFP C18-23 Construction Manager at Risk ("CMR") Contracting Services for the Jenkins High School Replacement Project to J.E. Dunn Construction Company, pending final contract negotiations to be approved by the Superintendent.
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Approving the award of RFQ/RFP C18-24 Statements of Qualifications and Proposals for Design Professional Services for Groves High School Campus Master Planning Project to Cogdell & Mendrala Architects, Inc., pending final contract negotiations to be approved by the Superintendent.
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And approving the award of RFP C18-32 ESPLOST – Construction Management Agent (CMA) Annual Contract to the firms of Brownstone; CBRE/Heery; Pat Mathis Construction Company, Inc., and The Polote Corporation pending final contract, term and cost negotiations. The use of a CMA will provide a consistent, effective system to hold our construction partners accountable under Design, Bid, Build projects.
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SCCPSS Signs Memorandum of Understanding with CEMA
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS), Chatham County and the Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) has been reviewed by all parties for the purpose of clarifying the conditions and requirements under which facilities, vehicles, equipment and resources of SCCPSS may be utilized by the County under the direction of CEMA in certain emergency scenarios. This agreement also designates certain SCCPSS campuses as Critical Community Sites for Pre and Post Disaster Recovery Operations. Read the complete text of the MOU here:
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Sharing the Good News!

STEM Academy STEAM Certified
The Georgia Department of Education has awarded the STEM Academy at Bartlett STEAM Certification. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. The STEM Academy at Bartlett was the state of Georgia’s first STEM certified middle school and now becomes just the second STEAM-certified middle school in the state demonstrating the integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics infused with meaningful arts
integration.
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Three SCCPSS High Schools Recognized by U.S. News & World Report
The U.S. News & World Report has released their rankings of the nation’s top high schools for 2018 and the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System has three receiving recognition! Savannah Arts Academy is recognized as the 156th best high school in the United States, #5 in the state of Georgia and earned a gold medal. Also, receiving national recognition and earning a bronze medal are Savannah Early College High School and Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School.
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SCCPSS Nutrition Program Earns USDA School Nutrition Best Practice Awards
The SCCPSS School Nutrition Program is the recipient of two 2018 USDA School Nutrition Best Practice Awards. The purpose of US Department of Agriculture Annual Best Practice Awards program is to encourage and reward outstanding practices in schools. Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools are being recognized for increasing participation in School Lunch, Breakfast or After School Snack, and for the District’s Summer Food Service Program.
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First Reads!

Board Functions: The Board held the first reading on a number of policy updates relating to Board Operations. Those updates covered topics including: Qualifications and Training, Resignations, Unexpired Terms, Board Officers, Election of Officers and Duties of Board Members along with Public Hearings and Board Superintendent Relationships among others. Additional Board feedback and discussion was held and these items will come back for a final second read in August.

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Board Policy IEDA – Unstructured Break Time has been updated to correspond with Administrative Regulation EEE-R(1) – Wellness Program. The work of the Wellness Committee is to be applauded for their commitment to ensure opportunities for physical activity are provided for all students. The proposed policy revision states the Board encourages the scheduling of unstructured break time for students in K-12. The school principal is authorized to determine the length, frequency, timing, and location of breaks at each school. The proposed revisions also include removing the ability of a teacher to withhold recess as a disciplinary measure. The proposed changes brought about a great deal of policy discussion and a number of recommendations were provided as administration continues to refine the language for a second read in August.
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Administrative Regulation Review!

Administrative Regulation EEE-R(1) – Wellness Program has been revised to include revisions related to unstructured break times for physical activity. The proposed revisions increase the amount of unstructured break time for K-5 students from 10 minutes to 30. Additional feedback was provided on the modifications which administration has taken under review.
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Charter School Comprehensive Performance Framework and Chevron Reporting Template On March 27, 2018, the Board Accountability Committee approved and recommended to the Superintendent the use of the Charter School Comprehensive Performance Framework and Chevron Report Template. The Charter School Comprehensive Performance Framework consists of seven domains with each domain having several indicators and measures.
 * Domains
 * Academic Performance (State and Federal guidelines)
 * Academic Performance (Comparison to SCCPSS)
 * Learning Environment
 * Financial Management
 * Human Resource Management
 * Operational Performance
 * Board Governance

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New Accountability Tool! The Board approved the purchase of the Follett Resource Management System that includes annual licensing for sixty (60) initial sites by the Division of Data and Accountability. The District is currently using Follett Library Manager and the addition of this platform will allow for a continuous interface of both systems. The Follett Resource Management System will provide for a seamless way to inventory all non-fixed assets (technology devices, calculators, band instruments, athletic equipment, etc.) all in one user-friendly platform. The cost of the system is $145,233.64.
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Audit Services The Board approved the award of RFP 18-59, Annual Audit Services (Annual Contract) to Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC for a one (1) year contract period with the option to renew for three (3) additional one (1) year periods at an annual cost not to exceed amount of $125,000.00 for a total contract award not to exceed of $500,000.00 to provide annual audit services.
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Personnel Moves!

Peter Ulrich – named Interim Executive Director, Special Programs

Aaron Graves – named Deputy Chief, Major of the BOE Police Department

Brandon Tucker – named Assistant Principal of Windsor Forest High School

Whitney Colley – named Interim Assistant Principal of Mercer Middle School

Benjamin Lam – named Interim Assistant Principal of Largo-Tibet Elementary

Latasha Quarterman – named Interim Assistant Principal of Shuman Elementary

Jennie Thompson – named Interim Assistant Principal of Hesse K8 School

Congratulations to All!

August Board Meeting Date Change!

The date of the August meeting of the School Board has been changed from August 1st to Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

Board Briefs - Highlights from the June 6, 2018 School Board Meeting

Budget Process Update!
Budget Director Paige Cooley presented a budget update that covered the General Fund adjustments, Tax Digest and Local Revenue changes, and the Millage Rate Recommendation for FY 2019-20.

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Tentative Adoption of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
The budget was presented to the Board for tentative adoption. It consists of five components: the General Fund Budget, General Obligation Debt Budget, Special Revenue Funds Budget, Capital Projects Funds Budget, and Other Funds Budget. The tentative budget under consideration reflects a millage increase of 2.25 mills for a total combined millage of 18.881 mills. The Board will vote to approve the final budget during a Special Called meeting on June 20, 2018, at 6:30pm.

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Tentative Recommended Fiscal Year 2019 Tax Millage Levy
Under Georgia law, the Board of Public Education for the City of Savannah and the County of Chatham is a “recommending authority” that exercises the power to cause the levying authority (the Chatham County Commission) to levy property taxes to carry out the purposes of the Board of Education. In accordance with law and policy, it is necessary for the Board to tentatively adopt the recommended Calendar Year 2018 millage rates for both Maintenance and Operations and General Obligation Bond indebtedness and their corresponding levies on taxable property. The Board will vote to approve the final millage rate during a Special Called meeting on June 20, 2018, at 6:30pm.

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June Budget Hearings!
On June 13 and June 20, public hearings will be held discussing the proposed millage rate increase. An additional Special Called Meeting will be held on June 20 for the final budget hearing and millage rate adoption. All meetings will be in Building G at the Whitney Administrative Complex. Click here for the meeting schedule:
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BOARD MEETINGS – Informal Meeting Time Change (Now at 10:30am)
The Board modified their 2018 schedule of meetings to adjust the start time of the Informal Meetings.  The new start time for the monthly Informal Meeting will be 10:30am.

AdvancED Compliance Committee Work:
The Board’s AdvancED Committee continues work to address improvement priorities for meeting AdvancED standards.  The committee will meet monthly from July through October from 9:00-10:00am.  The first meeting will take place on July 11th and will focus on Board Professional Development.  The meeting will be held at the Whitney Administrative Complex and is open to the public.

Welcome to the JA Academy!
A Memorandum of Understanding was presented to introduce a partnership between the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and Junior Achievement of Georgia. Together, they have designed a business and entrepreneurship-geared high school program (JA Academy) that will be housed within the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High. JA Academy will include a curriculum infusion to enhance existing programs. A memorandum of understanding has been approved with a program launch date set for SY 2019-20.

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Continued Commitment to Safety and Security!
The Superintendent presented an agenda item that would require an amendment to the Parsons Program Management Services. This amendment will provide a districtwide safety and security assessment, along with a technology and signal strength assessment. In addition to managing more than $25 billion in education construction for 1,300+ educational clients worldwide, including K-12 districts, community colleges, and universities, Parsons have been providing safety and security evaluations, critical infrastructure protection, training, and logistics to federal agencies and embassies around the world.

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Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for May was announced! Congratulations Amaya Smith, a 3rd Grader from White Bluff Elementary!

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Georgia Scholars!  Nine SCCPSS Graduating seniors have been chosen among 208 from schools across the state as 2018 Georgia Scholars. Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities, and in the home.

Georgia Scholars (Cont.) The nine students who have achieved this honor represent three SCCPSS high schools. Their school principals were on hand to accept awards on their behalf.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
   - Jessie Barre (Jenkins High School)
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  Kaleb Gauntt (Jenkins High School)

   - Stephen Nease (Jenkins High School)

   - Andrew Royek (Savannah Arts)
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Thien Duy Chen (Savannah Arts)

   - Uri Locker (Savannah Arts)

   - Jon Saad-Falcom (Savannah Arts)

   - Emma Traynor (Savannah Arts)

   - Antonio Taharka (Savannah Early College)

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Georgia K-12 Geospatial Competition Winners! Five SCCPSS students have been named winners of the Georgia K-12 Geospatial Competition. Geospatial education initiatives bring location-specific learning to K-12 classrooms in Georgia. The competition is held each year for students in grades 4-12. The student teams complete a custom project, then create a web app or story map about their project, and submit it to their school. Congratulations to Jada Adger, Austin Eckert, Jaylynn Priester (STEM Academy), Ana Carvalho, and Vi Loung (Jenkins High School)!  School Principals were on hand to accept on behalf of the students!

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U.S. Dept. of Education Green Ribbon School Award: Godley Station

Godley Station School is the largest school in the District and the rapidly growing enrollment has steadily increased over the past 5 years. Despite its size, it is the most energy efficient school in the District. In 2018, Godley received ENERGY STAR certification with a Portfolio Manage score of 89. Congratulations to the students, staff, and faculty of Godley Station K-8 School for being named a National Green Ribbon School!

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Maintenance and Operations Employee of the Year!
Ricky Walker was announced the “Maintenance and Operations Employee of the Year” as nominated by his peers! He is multi-talented and has worked for the District for the past 32 years. He is committed to the highest quality, always exceeding expectations, and has inspired others to push past mediocrity. Congratulations to Ricky Walker!

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Multi-Agency Resource Center Project Update!
The Invest Health Savannah Team is comprised of members from various agencies in Chatham County. Their focus is community health, public safety, and the enhancement of our youth. The purpose of the MARC is to become a place where issues surrounding the present state of youth and behavior trends can be addressed. It is placed in a central location and easily accessible to community resources.  Review the full presentation:

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Policy Adopted!

Board Policy IFCD Volunteers: Policy IFCD has been revised to provide greater clarity for the process of screening volunteers and disqualifying offenses. The revisions have been reviewed by the Board Attorney and the Superintendent and were presented for first reading on May 9, 2018.  A second read was reviewed and approved during the June 6, 2018, Board meeting.

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ESPLOST UPDATE!

ESPLOST Revenue & Projects
Deputy Superintendent, Mrs. Vanessa Miller-Kaigler, presented a status update on ESPLOST projects. The financial status of EIII was also given regarding tax revenue collections. The ESPLOST update highlighted plans for new facilities as well.

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Savannah Arts Academy Window Replacement Project
Staff requested an approval of a change order request to allow funding for an increase in the scope of work to pay for unforeseen damages related to the age of the structure.  The change order does not require an increase in the project budget and will pave the way for continued work to ensure the project stays on time.

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Certification for State Entitlement Funding
On August 8, 2012, the Board approved the FY 2014 Capital Outlay Project Application for State Entitlement Funding. This application included several projects, including a replacement Haven Elementary School and Low Elementary School. These projects have been completed and all SCCPSS contractors have been paid. The Board will sign a Certification for State Entitlement Funding to request final payment of State Capital Outlay funds for this work. 

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Memorandum of Understanding: Information Sharing Agreement SCCPSS and Chatham County Juvenile Court
The agreement will establish appropriate methods and protocols, consistent with state and federal laws, for the sharing of educational records and student information between Savannah-Chatham Public Schools and the Chatham County Juvenile Court. The agreement was approved by the Board on June 6, 2018.

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Personnel Moves!


Welcome Mr. Derrick Muhammad the new school Principal for Johnson High School!

Ms. Bernadette Ball-Oliver, former Principal of Johnson High, will now bring her skills to the district in the capacity of Executive Director for Secondary School Governance!

PLUS! HERE ARE SOME OTHER MOVES ACROSS THE DISTRICT:

Joy Boyd will be the new Assistant Principal of Pooler Elementary School.
Timothy Brown will be the new Assistant Principal at the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High.
Bridget Bryant-Gordon will be the new Assistant Principal at Isle of Hope K8 School.
Katina Hardy will be the new Assistant Principal at Hubert Middle School.
Carzadean Harris will be the new Assistant Principal at Windsor Forest Elementary.
Lesley Jordan will be the new Assistant Principal for Godley Station K8.
Michelle Kendrick will be the new Assistant Principal at Bloomingdale Elementary.
Laura Maes will be the new Assistant Principal at White Bluff Elementary.
Theresa Peyton will be the new Assistant Principal at Heard Elementary.
James Platts will be the new Assistant Principal at Savannah Arts Academy.
Patrice Prince will be the new Assistant Principal at Charles Ellis Montessori.
Channil Scott will be the new Assistant Principal at Port Wentworth Elementary.
Kimberly Shirk will be the new Assistant Principal at Georgetown School.
Tamika Simmons will be the new Assistant Principal at A.B. Williams Elementary.
Brandon Tucker will be the new Assistant Principal at Windsor Forest High.
Benjamin Wanager will be the new Assistant Principal at Beach High.
Joanna Brooks will be the new Interim Assistant Principal at Southwest Middle School.
Jameela Brown will be the new Interim Assistant Principal at Johnson High.
Whitney Colley will be the new Interim Assistant Principal at Mercer Middle School.
Angela Grosse will be the new Interim Assistant Principal at Islands High.
Cassie Martin will be the new Interim Assistant Principal at East Broad K8 School.
McRae Mangum will be the new Interim Center Leader at W.I.N.G.S.

Congratulations to all!

 

Board Briefs - Highlights from the May 9, 2018 School Board Meeting

Early Learning Plans for East Broad K8!
At the Informal meeting of the Board of Education, Interim Chief Academic Officer Aretha Rhone-Bush presented a proposal for an Early Learning Center at East Broad K8. Research clearly shows that learning begins at birth and the preparation for learning starts well before birth. To solve the employment and education crises facing poor and minority children in America, we must first ensure that all children have access to high quality early education. The first step to ensuring that poor and minority students grow up to become successful and healthy adults is to provide teaching and learning experiences at an early age. This approach also serves to improve low-performing schools, decrease dropout rates, and reduce violence and poverty.

To assist the district in meeting the need for early learning opportunities, several efforts have been made to address the growing demands. Three new Pre-K units have been added in the last several years. An Early Learning Center has been established at Port Wentworth School, and new PreK units may be added this fall (August 2018) as an immediate strategy to meet anticipated needs of the Eastside.

An additional Early Learning Center is critical to serve targeted areas of need. The proposal for East Broad calls for an Early Learning Center with Wraparound Services and Measurable Outcomes. Find out more here:
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In support of Early Childhood Education, the Board adopted a resolution for the continued development of the East Broad Early Learning Center proposal that would provide for the full implementation of the program by school year 2019-2020. Read the Resolution:
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Budget Process Update
Also at the Informal Meeting of the Board, Chief Financial Officer Larry Jackson presented an update on the Budget Process and information about a change in the way Community Based Programs can seek funding from the Distrtict. The annual budget process will no longer include a direct funding mechanism. Starting July 1, 2018, services offered by community-based programs will be solicited through the purchasing competitive bidding process as outlined in Board Policy DJE. Learn more here:
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Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for April was announced! Congratulations Sara Shi-Nicole Rivera, a 7th Grader from Georgetown K8!http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AXHVAD7FA41F

CTAE Graduation Rate!
Newly released numbers show Savannah-Chatham County Public School students involved in CTAE (Career, Technical and Agricultural Education) programs achieved a graduation rate of 96.4-percent in the last school year. That is higher than the state of Georgia’s 96-percent which was announced as an all-time high for the state in December.
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SCCPSS Once Again Boasts Five AP Honor Schools!
Five Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools have been named Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2018. The 2018 AP Honor Schools are named in six categories, based on the results of 2017 AP courses and exams. The five schools recognized include: Jenkins High School, Johnson High School, Islands High School, Savannah Arts Academy and Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School. Read more here:
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Student Media Festival to Recognize Students from 16 SCCPSS Schools!
Student Media Festival 190 SCCPSS students from 16 schools at all levels were awarded District recognition and advanced to state level competition in the Georgia Student Media Festival this month. The student work was done on 68 projects in five different production types, including Animation, Audio Podcast, Live Action, Sequential Stills and Web Site. All 190 students will be honored at the SCCPSS Student Film and Media Festival being held at the Yamacraw Performing Arts Center the evening of Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Learn more here:
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Heard Science Olympiad Winners Recognized!

Congratulations to the Heard Elementary Science Olympiad team! The "Molecular Mavericks" made up of mostly 5th grade students placed first overall in a four-county area at the recent regional Elementary Science Olympiad. The Heard Elementary team will now move on to the State Science Olympiad competition which will be held this Saturday, May 12th!
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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 12th grader Christopher Washington and 9th grader Rio Washington of New Hampstead High School.

Student Report:
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Professional Report:
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Board Approves Contract for Human Resources Tool to Improve Efficiency
The Board voted to approve a contract with Performance Matters/TalentEd, in the amount of $149,672.50 to provide software licenses, services and training for the sole purpose of planning, simplifying and managing processes to be used by staff. The agreement will be for a one-year contract term with options to renew. The solutions and software tools will assist the Division in automating the employee evaluation process, monitoring and tracking professional development activities, attracting and hiring top educators; simplifying onboarding, recordkeeping, contract renewals and absence management.
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Policy Adopted!

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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First Reads!

Policy EBB – Safety
Policy EBB has been revised to include Board priorities for school safety and security measures to include operational, staffing, and functional goals. A second read will be offered during the June 6, 2018, Board meeting. Read the suggested policy revisions here:
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Policy IFCD – Volunteers
The Board reviewed policy and regulation updates that provided greater clarity for the process of screening volunteers and defining disqualifying offenses. Feedback and input was provided for further revisions. A second read will be offered during the June 6, 2018, Board meeting.

Read the suggested policy revisions here:
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Legislative Update!

Board members were provided an update on actions taken by the Georgia State Legislature this year.

HOUSE BILL 684: SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
Governor Nathan Deal has increased the revenue estimate for FY '19 and most of that increase is going to K-12 education to end the austerity cut to the QBE formula! Locally that equates to $2,830,629 dollars in additional funding compared to FY '18.

Other budget changes of interest:

•$26.7 million was added to fund the projected need in dual enrollment and effective July 1, 2018

•Implement a 15-credit hour per student per semester cap.

•$16 million in bonds for school facility safety grants

•Transferred $700,000 from school improvement division to the Chief Turnaround Officer for five district effectiveness specialists

•Increased the per student amount in pupil transportation for new FTE enrollment to $903,377 (it was at $230,255)

•$15 million in bonds for school buses

HB 673: SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
The distracted driving bill, also applies to school bus drivers. So as to prohibit actions which distract a driver while operating a motor vehicle. The driver of a school bus shall not use or operate a cellular telephone wireless telecommunications device.

For more information on Bills passed by the Legislature check here:
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ESPLOST UPDATE!

EIII Project Schedule Updated!
On December 7, 2016 the Board approved an ESPLOST III Project Schedule. As the program progresses the schedule is updated to show individual project time requirements and sequence of projects. The resulting Program Schedule is more detailed and provides overall project timelines that are not represented on the December 7, 2016, Project Schedule.
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Johnson High HVAC Replacement Progress!
The Board approved a bid from Mock Plumbing and Mechanical, Inc in the amount of $2,900,771 for the replacement of the HVAC system at Johnson High School.
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Low Elementary Cost Savings!

On April 6, 2016, the Board approved the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of $25,319,883 to JE Dunn Construction Company d/b/a Rives E. Worrell Company for the construction of the new Low Elementary School. Construction is complete and all costs have been finalized. In accordance with the Contract, all savings between the final cost and the GMP are to be returned to the Owner. The final cost for the project is $25,109,923, so $209,960 of project savings in the GMP is being credited to the District.
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Sign to be Installed Near the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High

The City of Savannah seeks to obtain approval for the installation of a sign on property to which the Board of Education owns fee simple title specifically located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Capital Street in Savannah, GA. The Board agreed to grant the City license to construct the sign for the sum of $10.
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Summer Learning Opportunities!
Academic Affairs staff gave a presentation on Summer Learning Opportunities to the Board. The presentation outlined both Summer School plans and Summer Camp Opportunities for SCCPSS students. Learn more here:
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Teacher Appreciation Week!
To recognize the valuable contributions of our teachers, the Board of Education proclaimed May 7-11, 2018, National Teacher Appreciation Week!
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School Nurses Celebrated!
This year, the theme for National School Nurse Day is "School Nurses: Advocates for 21st Century Student Health." To recognize the valuable contributions of our school nurses, the Board of Education proclaimed Wednesday, May 9, 2018, as National School Nurse Day.
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Personnel Moves!

McRae Mangum will be the new Center Leader for the W.I.N.G.S. Program.

Brian Dotson will be the new Interim Principal of Hubert Middle School.

John Sutlive will be the new Interim Principal at Rice Creek School.

Erica Swindell-Foster will be the new Interim Principal at East Broad K8.

Kathleen Taylor will be the new Interim Principal at May Howard Elementary.

Tahisha Wright will be the new Interim Principal at the School of Humanities at Low Elementary.

Troy Brown will be the new Principal for Godley Station K8.

Susan Ambrose will be the new principal at A.B. Williams Elementary.

Sylvia Wallis will be the new principal at Marshpoint Elementary.

Alonna Curry will be the new principal at Heard Elementary. 

Paige Cooley was named Budget Director.

Congratulations to All!

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 


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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 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.

In order for SCA to demonstrate the school is in full compliance with its Charter terms and that all components of the corrective action plan have been implemented with fidelity, additional time is required. Petitioners requested and were granted an additional year on their current charter to do so. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJNRX5EF87C

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.

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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!

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