Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Highlights from the August 8, 2018 Board Meeting

Published on: 8/9/2018

​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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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