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

Savannah-Chatham Co.
Public School System

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SCCPSS > Divisions > Communications > Board Briefs
Board Briefs - Highlights from the January 9, 2019 Board Meeting

Hubert Middle Turnaround Plan
At the Informal Meeting of the Board, The SCCPSS Division of Academic Affairs presented a report on the Turnaround Plan for Hubert Middle School. The Division believes a Turnaround Plan is necessary to support maximum achievement through effective intervention strategies. Some highlights of the report include:

  • The school will be known as "The Innovative Learning Academy at Hubert Middle School.
  • The proposed Innovative Learning Academy will include a laser focus on climate and culture to support increased academic performance, student well-being and the social/emotional well-being of the middle school learner.
  • There will be a reconstitution of faculty with only 49% of current staff allowed to return.
  • School programming will be aligned to Savannah High School and the 3DE Academy.
  • There will be no specific entry criteria for neighborhood students.
  • The plan is expected to be fully implemented for the 2019-20 SY.

For more information on the plan follow this link:
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83S926981F6

At the formal meeting, the Board passed a resolution in support of the Hubert Turnaround plan.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83S5P68C717

Update on Plans for the East Broad Early Learning Center
Also at the informal meeting, the Division of Academic Affairs presented an update on the East Broad Early Learning Center that was presented in May 2018. The East Broad Early Learning Center is just one piece of the District’s planned East Side Renaissance. The presentation included:

  • A redistricting plan for East side schools.
  • Grade Reconfiguration from a K-8 School to a Pre-K-K School (Early Learning Center)
  • Wraparound services for families.
  • Measurable outcomes.

For more information, view the presentation here:
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83RLE631095

Supporting GaTAPP – SCCPSS to become an in-district Educator Preparation Provider (EPP)!
Board members passed a resolution to support the Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program within the Professional Learning Department of SCCPSS. GaTapp is intended to help fill the growing and demonstrated need for quality, non-traditionally certified educators with the implementation of an in-district program utilizing internal supports and dedicated District staff who will be on hand to provide ongoing professional development that will lead to the attainment of a clear renewable certificate.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83S6B68E320

WHITE BLUFF ELEMENTARY CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN! ESPLOST PROGRESS!
The Board approved the award of Bid #C19-11 New Replacement Facility – White Bluff Elementary School (ESPLOST) to TQ Constructors, Inc., for a total project cost of $18,177,624.95. Construction is about to begin!
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83Q8N607A6D

Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for December was announced! Congratulations to Larissa Gomez – a senior from New Hampstead High School
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83Q5G607A07

Policy Adopted!  

Policy BA – Goals and Objectives has been modified to align with the 2018-2019 DAS-REMI approved at the September 5, 2018 Board Meeting. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83Q8R607A70

Policy FG – Facilities Projects Administration has been modified to align with HB 489 which added Georgia Procurement Registry provisions.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83Q8U607A73 

Policy DJE – Purchasing has been modified to align with HB 489 which added Georgia Procurement Registry provisions.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83Q8X607A76

Policy JBC(4) – Awarding Units and Transferring Credit has been modified to update language pertaining to accepting transfer credit and grades.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83Q92607A79

College and Career Ready Performance Index Report
The Division of Data and Accountability presented the Board with a report on the District’s most recent CCRPI scores. The SY 2017-18 data represent a new baseline of performance, as the CCRPI was updated as part of Georgia’s State ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Plan. Due to the extent of the revisions to the CCRPI calculation, SY 2017-18 scores are not comparable to prior years’ scores. However, the District has shown great gains and outcomes that have surpassed comparison Districts!  Highlights include:

  • The district’s Overall score was 72.1. The district performed in the top half of all districts in the state, and exceeded the comparison group of similar districts.
  • The K-5 grade band earned a score of 73.5, the 6-8 grade band earned a score of 67.7, and the 9-12 grade band earned a score of 73. The district exceeded the comparison group in all grade bands, with high school performance outpacing the comparison group by more than 6 points.
  • Overall individual school scores varied with the highest score coming in at an impressive 97.1!

You can find the complete report here:
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83S5E68BE10

Strategic Waivers Contract Amended
On March 2, 2016, under the Georgia Flexibility Option, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System approved the application and contract to become a Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS). The contract was approved by the State Board of Education and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. The term of the contract is for five years with a start date of July 1, 2016 and an expiration date of June 30, 2021.

With the approval of ESSA, the Department of Education has made significant changes to the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). CCRPI is the school improvement and accountability platform that is used to measure school performance, SWSS targets, and designations for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI), Turnaround Eligible Schools (TES), and Turnaround Designated Schools (TDS). CCRPI scores from SY 2018 consist of updated calculations that make them no longer comparable to prior years.

The changes made to CCRPI now require each SWSS school district to have a new baseline and target scores. The administration has updated the contract to reflect the new base and target scores.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83S5N68C5A5

IN THE MOVIES! Thunderbolt Facility Lease Agreement

The Board approved the lease of the former Thunderbolt Elementary facility to Picrow Streaming, Inc for use as a film production office and storage facility commencing on February 4, 2019, and continuing on a month-to-month basis in connection with the production of a motion picture. Picrow Streaming, Inc will pay the district $22,000 a month for use of the facility.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83Q95607A7C

Board Matters

Officers
The Board voted for officers at the first meeting of the new year. Officers for 2019 are:

  • Vice President – Mr. Michael Johnson
  • Vice President Pro-Tempore – Dr. Dionne Hoskins-Brown

http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83Q5U607A13

Committee Appointments
The Board set committee appointments for the coming year. The full list can be found here:
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83Q62607A19\

DAS-REMI Modifications
The Board approved the DAS-REMI to be modified to reflect the following:

  • Updates to match Policy BA: Goals and Objectives
  • Updates to Goal 1 Objectives, base and targets for the following specific measures:
    • Early Reading and Early Math at the Pre-K grade level – base and target measures updated to national norm.
    • Student Attendance – base and target measures updated to match official student records data.
  • Updates to the district organizational charts
  • Updates to the budget reporting process
  • Updates to the Key Performance Outcome (KPO) Strategic Waivers School System/IE² (SWSS)

http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B83Q65607A1C

January Committee Meetings

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE COMMITTEE

Thursday, January 10, 2019

4:00 PM

Whitney Administrative Complex

2 Laura Avenue, Savannah

WELLNESS COMMITTEE

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

8:30 AM

Whitney Administrative Complex

2 Laura Avenue, Savannah

 

District Seeks Transportation Feedback
The District is seeking feedback on Transportation in order to improve service for our families. Please take a moment to fill out the survey below: Thank you!
Transportation Satisfaction Survey - Parents

Board Briefs - Highlights from the December 12, 2018 Board Meeting

College Entrance Exams
At the Informal Meeting of the Board, The SCCPSS Division of Academic Affairs presented a report on the District’s latest SAT and ACT scores. Some highlights of the report include:

Over 1,300 students of class 2018 participated in the SAT, and 663 took the ACT. Nearly 200 more students took the SAT in 2018 compared to 2017, while fewer students took the ACT.

  • Twenty-four percent (24%) of students met the SAT readiness benchmarks in both reading and math, and 21% met the ACT composite benchmark score. Compared to last year, the SAT benchmark rate declined by 2 points, while the ACT benchmark rate declined by 5 points.

  • Fifty-seven percent (57%) of students scored at or above the SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing readiness benchmark of 480, reflecting a 1 point decrease from last year. However, the average score exceeded the benchmark and improved by 2 points, rising from 502 to 504.

  • The district maintained its average SAT combined score at 978, while the national and state averages rose by 8 and 14 points, respectively.

  • The district’s average ACT Composite score was 18.2, reflecting a decrease of 0.5 points from last year.

  • Savannah Arts exceeded the district’s 2022 ACT performance target. Jenkins exceeded the ACT annual improvement target, and Beach and New Hampstead made progress over last year. The remaining schools did not make progress.

For a look at the complete report follow this link: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WKS9527A85

Safety and Security!
Also at the Informal Meeting of the Board, Campus Police provided their monthly safety and security update. The update included information on new and ongoing school safety enhancement initiatives, including a new Police Records Management System, the Pro-active Behavior Intervention Team and Lunch and Recess with a Cop Initiatives.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WKSD527A89

Gym Floor Replacement Update
At the Informal Meeting the Executive Director of Maintenance and Operations presented the Board with an update on the replacement of gym floors at 11 schools across the district found to have low levels of mercury detected in the rubberized coating of the floors. Arnold Jackson reported that the replacement of those floors has been divided into three phases and is being conducted as a precautionary measure for the long-term safety of the schools. Work is expected to be completed at all 11 schools by early February at a cost just under $700,000.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B76NS45D1A76

As part of the replacement project, at the Regular Meeting, Board members approved a bid of $205,412.50 by Savannah Abatement, LLC to provide abatements of gym flooring needed at eight schools - White Bluff Elementary Swing Site, Hubert Middle, East Broad K-8, Marshpoint Elementary, The STEM Academy at Bartlett Middle, Georgetown K-8, Southwest Middle, and Gould Elementary Schools gym floors.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WKQB524A46

In addition, the Board approved a quote of $223,982 from Dynamic Sports Construction, Inc. to renovate and provide rubber flooring to gymnasium floors at Hubert Middle, The STEM Academy at Bartlett Middle, Georgetown K-8, and Southwest Middle Schools.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B76UEX6A9A96

The Board also approved an Operations staff request that funds totaling $500,000 be transferred from the unallocated/adjustments to budget ESPLOST I account line to cover the cost of the replacement of rubber gymnasium floors at East Broad K-8, White Bluff Elementary Swing Site, Georgetown K-8, Gould Elementary, Southwest Middle, the STEM Academy at Bartlett, Hubert Middle, and Marshpoint Elementary.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B76UFU6AB22E

Transportation Hubs Discussed for Cost and Efficiency
Senior Director of Transportation Carol Valentine provided the Board with an update on operations and ways to improve efficiency. Current challenges include a lack of drivers which results in longer bus rides and late arrivals. Transportation staff believe cost savings and greater transportation efficiencies will be realized by utilizing a hub system with consolidated stops to transport high school students to Choice programs. The department plans to hold school and community meetings about the plan in the second half of this school year.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B76NSM5D2838

**T.A.N. Update (TAX ANTICIPATION NOTE)
Chief Finance Officer Larry Jackson reported to the Board that as of November 26th, the Tax Anticipation Note approved at the October Board Meeting has been paid back in full! The earlier than expected pay off saved the district almost $55,000 in interest.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WKSK527A8F

Sharing the Good News! 

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for November was announced! Congratulations to Liam Clark – a 5th grader from the Pooler Elementary School.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WKLV5249D8

Generous Donation!
Mr. Jerry Portman, of Portman’s Music, appeared before the Board to make a presentation about their program and to donate musical instruments to students who were selected as recipients. Students who receive the instruments are recommended by their band and home room teachers as well as the Performing Arts Supervisor. Priority is given to those students who show the most aptitude, best behavior and ability to follow directions.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WKME5249E9

Professional Senate Report!
A report from the latest meeting of the Superintendent’s Professional Senate was presented by our Teacher of the Year and Instructional Support Person of the Year.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WMWG5C2244

POLICY FIRST READS!

Policy BA – Goals and Objectives has been modified to align with the 2018-2019 DAS-REMI approved at the September 5, 2018 Board Meeting.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B76NX25DA6F3

Policies DJE – Purchasing and FG – Facilities Projects Administration have been modified to align with HB 489 which added Georgia Procurement Registry provisions.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WMZZ5C6928

http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WN245C6A08

Policy JBC(4) – Awarding Units and Transferring Credit has been modified to update language pertaining to accepting transfer credit and grades.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WN285C716C

REGULATION REVIEW

Administrative Regulation JBC-R – School Admissions has been modified to reflect changes for clarity on Priority 1 admissions in Phase 3 of the Admissions to Choice Programs section. Revisions reflect language contained in state code 20-2-293.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WKMQ5249F3

Administrative Regulation IHF-R(3) – Graduation Requirements has been modified to update language pertaining to graduation requirements, units of credit required, areas of study, and required procedures for awarding units of credit.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WN295C73E5

Administrative Regulation IHA-R(1) – Grading Systems has been modified to update language pertaining to the conversion of transfer grades and letter grades to numerical grades for transfer students (grades 1-12).
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WN2A5C7523

POLICY ADOPTED!

Board Policy IEDA – Unstructured Break Time recommended changes were reviewed by the Board Wellness Committee on October 24, 2018. The revisions have been reviewed by the Board Attorney and the Superintendent and were presented for first reading on November 7, 2018. The measure passed with some change to language suggested by Board Member Shawn Kachmar during discussion.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6WKMM5249F0

Personnel Moves!
Sonji Leach
will be the new Acting Principal of Beach High School.

Lisa Linton will be the new Assistant Principal at New Hampstead High School.

Falana Polite will be the new Interim Assistant Principal at Hubert Middle School.

Board December/Early January Meeting Calendar

CALENDAR COMMITTEE MEETING

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM
Whitney Administrative Complex Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue

OATH OF OFFICE CEREMONY
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 6:00 PM
Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts
649 W. Jones Street
Savannah, GA 31401

2019 BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT’S RETREAT
Monday, January 7, 2019 - 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Coastal Georgia Center
305 Fahm Street
Savannah, GA 31401

JANUARY 2019 BOARD MEETING
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
9:00 AM – Board Workshop: AdvancED Report Compliance Committee

10:30 AM – Informal Board Meeting; Executive Session immediately following

1:00 PM – Regular Board Meeting

Whitney Administrative Complex - Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)

Saying Farewell…The Board bid farewell to three outgoing members at the December 2018 meeting. Board President Jolene Byrne, District 6 Representative/Vice-President Larry Lower and District 8 Representative Ruby Jones were presented with certificates and gifts thanking them for their time of service to the Board.

Board Briefs - Highlights from the November 7, 2018 Board Meeting

Board Approves Waiver of school make-up day/Staff work day for school closure on October 11, 2018
On Thursday, October 11, 2018, students missed a day of instruction due to emergency weather conditions associated with Hurricane Michael. State law provides for local discretion regarding the make-up of lost school days when four days or less are missed due to certain emergency conditions.

Administration reviewed the conditions surrounding the loss of instruction and staff time on October 11th and recommended that the board waive the make-up day for students and staff.

For a link to the District work calendars, please click here.

http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B5TUBU6FD4D1

DAS Report: 1.C.1: Postsecondary Accelerated Options
At the Informal Meeting, Board Members received a report on Postsecondary Accelerated Options in our schools. Key points include:

- In SY 2017-18, 1,757 students successfully completed one or more AP, IB, or dual enrollment courses. The district’s PAO completion rate was 20% -- a 1 point decline from last year and 3 points below the SY 2017-18 target of 23%.

- While most PAO completion is within the Advanced Placement option, the number of students completing dual enrollment has more than doubled over the past three years.

- Sixty-two percent (62%) of all AP exams were scored at 3 or higher, reflecting a gain of 11 points over last year. For the first time in the past three years, SCCPSS surpassed both the state and global AP exam success rate. To read the entire report click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B632LH7762E6

Safety and Security!
Also at the Informal Meeting of the Board, Campus Police provided their monthly safety and security update. The update included information on School Safety Taskforce meetings held at schools throughout the district this fall, along with an update on grants recently awarded to Campus Police that will help safety and security improvement efforts throughout the district. View the entire report here:
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B632LM7762EA

In addition, at the Regular Meeting of the Board, two contracts were approved for the construction of six security vestibules to be built at two elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools in the district. The addition of vestibules to older facilities help to bring the security level at those schools in line with that of newer facilities that have been constructed with the vestibules as part of the design.

http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B632YR7A2FFB

http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B632YV7A32FA

T.A.N. Update (TAX ANTICIPATION NOTE)
At the Informal Meeting, Chief Finance Officer Larry Jackson offered the Board an update on the Tax Anticipation Note approved at the October Board Meeting.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B632LT7762F0

Sharing the Good News!The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for October was announced! Congratulations to Shawn Bulloch – a 7th grader from the STEM Academy at Bartlett.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B5TUAQ6FD4AD

Gold Level Golden Radish Award
The School Nutrition Program of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System received a Golden Radish Award at the Gold level for the district’s Farm to School efforts! The Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes Georgia school districts for best practices in farm to school programs.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B5TUAT6FD4B0

Finance Meritorious Budget Award
The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International has awarded the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s Finance Division a 2018-19 Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B5TUAW6FD4B3

Community Partner Spotlight: SCAD/HP Printers Donation
Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools could not succeed without the assistance of our valued community partners. At the November Meeting of the Board of Education we recognized two of those partners for a very generous donation they’ve made to our schools. The Savannah College of Art and Design has donated six Hewlett Packard (HP) Designjet large format, high quality printers to the district. The donation was facilitated by an HP employee and SCCPSS parent in support of the district’s visual arts, engineering and scientific project-based learning. HP is also donating training time for equipment set up and use.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B5TUAZ6FD4B6

Savannah High Celebrating 100 Years of Accreditation!
We are celebrating a very special anniversary this year – 100 years of continuous accreditation for Savannah High School! Principal Tammy Broadnax had the opportunity to receive a certificate and banner from AdvancED marking the occasion at a ceremony last week. Savannah High School was first accredited in 1918 and has maintained this standard of excellence for 100 years.
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Audit Committee Members Recognized for their Dedicated Service
The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System Audit Committee provides oversight of the District’s financial reporting and accounting practices, review of the adequacy of internal accounting and control systems, and review of the systems and processes for meeting Board goals. Part of this process involves an engaged community to serve as members of the Board’s Audit Committee. The Board expressed appreciation and gratitude to members:

• Geoffrey Alls: Committee Chair from January 2015 – April 2018 (continues to serve on the committee)

• Julie Gerbsch: Committee Member from October 2013 – December 2017

• Dr. Frances Purcell: Committee Member from September 2012 – December 2018

• Joe Steffen: Committee Member from April 2015 – August 2018

http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B632VM78DC62

American Education Week!
The Board recognizes the week of November 12-16, 2018, as American Education Week, stating that public schools are the foundation of our neighborhoods and communities, bringing together adults and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders, and elected officials for a common purpose - equipping young Americans with both practical skills and broader intellectual abilities, giving them hope for, and access to, a productive future.
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Retired Educator’s Day!
The Board proclaimed November 4, 2018, Retired Educators Day, and encouraged all citizens continue to honor our retired educators throughout the month of November.
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Legislative Priorities Approved!
The Board approved a list of Legislative Priorities in advance of the 2019 Legislative Session. Those Priorities include:

  • Ensure educational legislation allows for an adequate delay of at least one-year prior to implementation, thereby allowing for effective implementation and time for adjustments.
  • Any mandate provided by state government should be funded by the state in a manner that does not impose financial burden on local school districts.
  • Increase Quality Basic Education (QBE) Funding Formula: We urge the General Assembly to modify the existing QBE formula that was developed in 1984 to properly account for current cost realities. The QBE shall be indexed yearly for increases in inflation.
  • Relief from Unfunded Mandates associated with Increased Cost of the State Health Benefit Plan and the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia.
  • Funding Priorities to include:
    • School Safety
    • Decrease the ratio of school counselors to students from 1 in every 450 to 1 in every 250, as is nationally recommended.
    • Provide adequate state funding to increase the starting salaries for Georgia teachers
    • Increases in Pre-K program funding that will ensure greater access to early childhood programs by adding Pre-K classes in Georgia schools. Further, we support the restoration of funding to improve state salary schedules for Pre-K Teachers.
    • Full funding of transportation costs for all students.

To view the complete list, follow this link:
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B5TUBN6FD4CB

First Reads!

Policy IEDA – Unstructured Break Time
The Board continues to review policies surrounding unstructured break time. At the November 7, 2018 meeting the Board was presented a revised policy including new language to define unstructured breaks, establish a recommended length of time for recess, further define reasons for withholding unstructured breaks, and establish certain communication protocols. These changes were recommended following the October 24, 2018 meeting of the Wellness Committee.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B5TUBD6FD4C2

Administrative Regulation JBC-R – School Admissions has been modified to provide greater clarity in Phase 3 of the Admissions to Choice Programs section and the Administrative Placement Procedures section related to denial letters.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B63STV71A5E4

Renewal Petition – Savannah Classical Academy Charter School
Upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board approved the Charter renewal petition for the Savannah Classical Academy, with the condition that the processing of certain human resources and finance system transactions be moved back to the school district in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. This approval shall be effective July 1, 2019, for a period of 5 years.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B6ABJY79FC4C

DAS Goal 5, Objective G – Use of Audits
As required by the District Accountability System, a report on the use of Audits as of June 30, 2018 was presented to the Board. The full report can be viewed here:
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B5TUFN6FD54B

Final Cost of Contractor Services Approved for New Jenkins High Facility
On July 11, 2018, the Board approved the award of RFQ/RFP C18-23 Construction Manager at Risk Contracting Services for Jenkins High School Replacement Project to J.E. Dunn Construction Company, pending final contract negotiations. District staff and Parsons staff have negotiated the contract with J.E. Dunn Construction Company for a total contract amount of $55,000,000 (Initial Guaranteed Maximum Price) which includes the following components.

• Preconstruction Fee of $79,000 for costs and expenses plus 3.5% fee

• Construction Fee of 3.5% of the cost of work and overhead costs and expenses

• Construction Manager at Risk maximum overhead costs and expenses of $3,560,270

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Final Cost of Design Professional Services Approved for Groves High School Campus Master Planning Project:
On July 11, 2018, the Board approved the award of RFQ/RFP C18-24 Design Professional Services for Groves High School Campus Master Planning Project to Cogdell & Mendrala Architects, Inc. pending final contract negotiations. District staff and Parsons staff have negotiated the contract with Cogdell & Mendrala Architects, Inc. in the amount of $115,000.
http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B5TUFU6FD551

Final Cost of Woodville Tompkins High School Gym Addition & Renovations Approved
On July 11, 2018, the Board approved the award of RFQ C18-30 (ESPLOST) Woodville Tompkins HS Gym Addition & Renovations to James W. Buckley & Associates, Inc. pending final contract negotiations. District staff and Parsons staff have negotiated the contract with James W. Buckley & Associates, Inc. for a cost of $525,000.00.
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Board November Meeting Calendar

BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 8:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex - Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue

Highlights from the October 3, 2018 Board Meeting

Turnaround Reform Efforts Update
At the Informal Meeting of the Board of Education, the SCCPSS Division of Academic Affairs updated Board Members on Turnaround Reform efforts at Brock, Shuman, Hubert, Mercer, & the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High. The update included reports from school principals who highlighted effective strategies for improvement and shared school outcomes.   To read the entire report click here:
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October 8th Make-up Day Approved!
As a result of the potential for dangerous weather conditions associated with the passing of Hurricane Florence, students of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System missed an instructional day on Friday, September 14, 2018. The Board approved making up lost instructional time by utilizing one of the designated make-up days included on the 2018-19 Academic School Year Calendar. Monday, October 8, 2018 had been listed on the SY 2018-19 Calendar as a School Staff/Student Holiday for Columbus Day. It will now be a regular school day.
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Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for September was announced! Congratulations to Richard Lopez Del La Cruz – a 5th grader from the School of Humanities at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary.
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Eleven SCCPSS Schools Awarded AEDs!
Through the exemplary work of our school nurses, each school has been selected to receive a new automated external defibrillator (AED) by the Michael Vincent Sage Dragonheart Foundation! A complete list of the schools and the district nurses who worked hard to win those grants can be found at this link:
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Finance Team Recognized for Excellence!Congratulations to the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Finance team. The Government Finance Officers Association has found that the District’s annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
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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 student reports were given by Stephen Heine and Arreyonna Brown of Windsor Forest High School and Rio Washington and Daneisha Donaldson of New Hampstead High School.

Student Senate Report:
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Professional Senate Report:
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School Transportation Employee Appreciation!
The Board of Public Education for the City of Savannah and County of Chatham, proclaimed the week of October 22-26, 2018, be observed as Bus Driver and School Transportation Employee Appreciation Week in recognition of the contribution drivers, monitors and other school transportation staff make to the nation’s public education system.
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National School Lunch Week!
The Board recognizes the week of October 15-19, 2018, as National School Lunch Week and encourages all residents to become aware and concerned about their children’s and their own nutrition habits in hope of achieving a more healthful citizenry for today and for the future.
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National Custodial Worker’s Day!
The Board of Public Education for the City of Savannah and County of Chatham, proclaimed October 2, 2018, as National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day. Custodial workers operate behind the scenes and are often under-appreciated for the hard work they do day after day keeping schools clean and well maintained.  While delivering outstanding services and running a well maintained operation building, they contribute to important first impressions and success of the school.
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2018-19 DAS-REMI -School Board Governance and Leadership Priorities Approved!
The District Accountability System - Reporting, Evaluating, and Monitoring Instrument (DAS-REMI) provides the framework for the school system’s strategic planning process. It incorporates the Mission and Vision statements, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Goals as approved by the Board of Education for the City of Savannah and the County of Chatham. The Board adopted their Governance and Leadership Priorities for inclusion in the document.
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Bus Purchases Approved!
The Board approved the use of Statewide Contract 999999-SPD-G20160601 for the purchase of 45 buses at a total cost of $4,342,060.00. Funding for this purchase shall include $3,342,060 from the Transportation Department’s General Fund budget and $1,000,000 from ESPLOST III.
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Audit Plan Approved!
The Board approved the annual Audit Plan for Fiscal Year 2019.
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Policy IEDA – Unstructured Break Time
The Board continues to review policies surrounding unstructured break time. At the October 3, 2018 meeting the Board conducted a review of policy language to specifically include references to recess. The Board adopted a motion to table policy review to allow time for the Wellness Committee to offer additional input. A Wellness Committee Meeting will be planned during the month of October.
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Policy Adopted!
A number of policies were approved for changes during the October 3, 2018 Board Meeting. Those policy updates were in regard to Visitors to School, Video Surveillance, School Board Records and Student Complaints and Grievances, School Admissions and Social Media Use Guidelines in the Board Code of Ethics. 

Board Policy JG(1) – Video Surveillance has been modified to update and/or add language regarding audio and visual recordings.
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Policy BE – School Board Records has been revised for a wording change.
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Policy BH – Board Code of Ethics has been revised to issue guidelines for the use of social media by Board members.
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Policy JCE – Student Complaints and Grievances has been revised to update language for current references to Due Process.
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Policy KN, Administrative Regulation KN-R, and Exhibit KN-E(2) have been modified to update job titles.
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Policy JBC – School Admissions has been modified to align with HB 159 which broadens delegated caregiving authority.
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Printers Donated!
The Board voted to approve the donation of six HP Designjet Z6200 Printers from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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GNET Facilities Grant Approved!
The Board approved a grant the district has been awarded in the amount of $1,083,207.13. This grant is to be used by January 31, 2020 to complete renovations for Coastal Georgia Comprehensive Academy outside of ESPLOST funding.
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Salary and Compensation Study!
The Board approved a one-time contract for Management Advisory Group International, Inc. in the amount of $50,000.00, pending final contract negotiations, to provide a salary and compensation study. The District’s goal is to develop appropriate position specifications and salary ranges for certain non-teaching positions with a tiered career pathway for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B4XU2777B6AD

GMAS EOG and EOC Report Presented!
An executive summary was presented to the Board on End of Grade and End of Course GMAS results from the 2017-18 SY. Some highlights include:

- Students in grades 3-5 maintained the prior year’s ELA content mastery score, and made gains in math, science and social studies.

- Students in grades 6-8 improved over last year in all four subject areas.

- The district exceeded the comparison group’s performance in middle grades ELA, and in both elementary and middle grades math.  

The full report can be viewed here:
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A.B. Williams School Change Order
The Board approved a change order to JE Dunn Construction Company d/b/a Rives E. Worrell in the amount of $195,251 and increased the GMP for the construction of the A.B. Williams Elementary School to $21,488,436 to cover additional unanticipated site costs and additions to the scope of work in the GMP.
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Budget Transfer Covers Shortfall for School Nutrition Program
The Board approved a transfer to the School Nutrition Program of $1,500,000 from the General Fund to cover a net loss for fiscal year 2018.
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Tax Anticipation Note
Staff has prepared cash flow projections showing a negative cash balance for October and November. This is the result of two primary factors: use of fund balance in recent years and increased expenditures. In order to continue to fund district operations until the property tax payments are received, staff has worked with the district’s advisors to issue a Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) for $21 million, which will be repaid on or before December 31, 2018.
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Board October Meeting Calendar

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 4:00 PM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue 

CALENDAR COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue 

ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 3:30 PM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue  

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue  

AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 7:45 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue

Board Briefs - Highlights from the September 5, 2018 Board Meeting

School Opening Update!
SCCPSS Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett presented the Board with a report on the first month of school.

On Thursday, August 2nd, 2018, students from across Savannah-Chatham County made their way back to the classroom in eager anticipation of the start of another successful school year. Some highlights of that report include:

Student enrollment continues to maintain levels above the 37,000 mark. Based on the 2019 tenth-day enrollment counts, the District now serves 37,190 students with notable increases in the middle and high school levels.

Many activities contributed to our strong start. Some included District training conferences, incoming teacher orientation events and the District-organized "Back to School Expo".

District resources have expanded to include additional School Resource Officers, Safety Aides, and School Counselors. This commitment to increased staffing in critical areas clearly demonstrates a strategic commitment to safety.

For more details from the Superintendent’s report:
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Safety and Security Update – Severe Weather Preparedness!

At the informal meeting of the Board, CEMA Emergency Management Director Dennis Jones provided a presentation to the Board on weather events and best practices surrounding hurricane preparedness. “Preparedness” is a critical component of the District’s Safety and Security efforts.

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Transportation Update!
A District Accountability report on Transportation goals during the 2017-18 SY was presented to the Board at the Informal Session. Some highlights include:

The Transportation Department posted an average overall on-time performance rate of 83.6% in SY 2017-18.

SCCPSS buses made 1,082 total runs per day on 324 routes with 24,372 riders!

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Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for August was announced! Congratulations Kristen Leah Horan – an 8th grader from Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts!

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Savannah High Hero Recognized!

Savannah High Student Taequan Mitchell was recognized as a hero for efforts he made to save his elderly neighbor from a fire on the evening of Tuesday, August 21, 2018!

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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 student reports were given by 12th grader Danijah Olinde and 10th grader Ja’lescia Smiley of the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High and 12th grader Tyrren Harris and 11th grader Joshua Holmes-Williams of Beach High School.

Student Report:
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Professional Report:
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Policy First Reads!

 

Policy Updates!

A number of policies were presented for first read during the September 5th Board Meeting. Policy changes regarding Visitors to School, Unauthorized Audio/Video Taping, Video Surveillance, School Board Records and Student Complaints and Grievances, School Admissions and Social Media Use Guidelines in the Board Code of Ethics. These items will come back for a second read at the October Board Meeting.

 

Board Policies KM – Visitors to School, GBEAA – Unauthorized Audio/Video Taping, and JG(1) – Video Surveillance have been modified to update and/or add language regarding audio and visual recordings.

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Policy BE – School Board Records has been revised for a wording change.

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Policy JCE – Student Complaints and Grievances has been revised to update language for current references to Due Process.

 

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Policy JBC – School Admissions has been modified to align with HB 159 which broadens delegated caregiving authority.

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Policy BH: Board Code of Ethics: Social Media Use

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Modification to Academic School Calendar SY 18-19 – Marshpoint Elementary School

The Board approved a change to the Academic Calendar for Marshpoint Elementary School - canceling August 2nd and August 3rd, as authorized by Georgia law and State Board rule. Students will not be required to attend school to make up these two school days lost due to emergency weather conditions associated with a tornado that impacted the Islands community on the afternoon of Friday, July 27, 2018, and the associated damage incurred at Marshpoint Elementary School. The delay allowed for the necessary time to conduct recovery and repair efforts, and to ensure the school facility was ready for the return of students. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B3NL9H533DED

Approval of District Accountability System (DAS-REMI) 2018-19 (goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
The Board approved revisions to the District Accountability System. The Board of Education’s Accountability Committee has worked with the Superintendent and staff to update the District Accountability System for SY 2018-19. The District Accountability System - Reporting, Evaluating, and Monitoring Instrument (DAS-REMI) provides the framework for the school system’s strategic planning process. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B3NL9L533DF0

Attendance Awareness Month Proclamation!The Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education adopted a proclamation to stand with the nation in recognizing September as "Attendance Awareness Month". The proclamation demonstrates the importance of school attendance and its positive influence on a student’s ability to learn, grow, and thrive.
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Gear Up Georgia Grant Approved!
The district has been awarded a grant in the amount of $248,000 for the FY19 Gear Up Georgia Project. The goal of this project is to increase the number of high need students who receive secondary school diplomas and to better prepare and improve their success rate of completion in postsecondary education.
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Policy Adoptions!

Board Functions: The Board approved 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.

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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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ESPLOST Update!

 

The SCCPSS Facilities Department provided the Board with a Quarterly Report on ESPLOST progress.  Some highlights include:

Design is underway for the new Woodville-Tompkins HS gymnasium and renovations for a new auditorium.

-  Construction continues on the new CTAE Addition at the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High.  The addition will include new Engineering and Welding Labs and Renovations for a new Cosmetology Lab.  They’re expected to be complete in March 2019.

-  The Islands High Athletic Complex is in the design phase.

-  Design is underway on two replacement and one new facility – White Bluff Elementary, Jenkins High School and the planned New Hampstead K8


For more on ESPLOST projects, see the full report here:

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Personnel Moves!

Welcome acting Principal for White Bluff Elementary Mr. John King!

Two School Resource Officers hired.

Eleven School Safety Officers hired.

September Meeting Calendar

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 4:00 PM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room
(Building G) 2 Laura Avenue

CALENDAR COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 4:00 PM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room
(Building G) 2 Laura Avenue

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room
(Building G) 2 Laura Avenue

AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 7:45 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room
(Building G) 2 Laura Avenue

CHARTER SCHOOL COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
Friday, September 28, 2018 -10:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room
(Building G) 2 Laura Avenue

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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