Profile of the School District
The Board of Public Education for the City of Savannah and the County of Chatham, Georgia, incorporated in 1866, is a body of politic and corporate, and a school district of the State of Georgia having boundaries coterminous with Chatham County. The District operates a system of schools primarily for grades kindergarten through twelve, serving 35,246 students.
The District operates under a Board - Superintendent form of government and provides public educational services to the citizenry of the City of Savannah and the County of Chatham, Georgia.
The Board is composed of eight members elected from geographical districts and a President elected on a countywide basis. Members serve four-year staggered terms. Annually, the Board elects a Vice-President and a Vice-President pro tempore, and appoints a Secretary to the Board. Regular meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month unless otherwise ordered by the Board.
The Board appoints the Superintendent for a term that is determined by the Board. As its Chief Executive Officer, the Superintendent has general supervisory and administrative responsibility for all departments and personnel of the School District. The Board receives funding from local, state, and federal government sources and must comply with the accompanying requirements of these funding entities.
The District operates a system of schools primarily for grades pre-kindergarten through twelve, serving over 35,000 students. This District employs over 4,600 full time employees, in which over 2,800 are full-time classroom teachers making the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System one of the largest employers in the county.
The system's high schools are accredited through Southern Association of Colleges (SACS), CASI AdvancED, and the system's elementary, middle and K-8 schools are accredited through the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC). The system complies with the rules, regulations and standards set by Georgia's Department of Education. Additionally, the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education follows a District Accountability System that has been designed to help focus and guide the work of the School Board and Superintendent. It also serves as a tool for the School Board’s assessment of its own performance and that of the Superintendent each year.
There are four strategic goals within the District Accountability System; Goal 1: To improve academic achievement, Goal 2: To ensure fiscal responsibility and effective resource stewardship, Goal 3: To provide a safe and secure environment for students and employees, Goal 4: To engage parents and other community stakeholders.
All members of the Board of Public Education hold certification of professional training provided by the Georgia School Boards Association.
The district operates more than 50 schools and satellite facilities including Massie Heritage Interpretation Center, a preserved historic school; and Oatland Island Wildlife Center, an environmental education complex.
Thomas B. Lockamy, Jr. Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
208 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: (912) 395-5600