Principal Andrea B. Williams Memorialized with Renaming of Spencer Elementary School
Principal Andrea B. Williams passed away unexpectedly on November 8, 2017. As a 34 year employee of Savannah-Chatham Public Schools, she provided an immeasurable contribution to the growth of our school district. Principal Williams was also an integral part of Spencer Elementary and the surrounding community, serving as principal of the school since 2007. Her contributions to the school climate, operations, and academics guided the school to its current success.
Based on those contributions, an exception to Policy FDC regarding the naming of facilities was requested of the Board and granted prior to approval of the renaming of Spencer Elementary School. It will now be known as Andrea B. Williams Elementary School. The exception to policy was required to establish the renaming of the replacement Spencer Elementary school in time for the opening of the new facility, which is scheduled for January 2, 2018, when staff return from winter break.
The request was supported by the Spencer Elementary School Council, PTA, staff, members of the community and district staff as a way to commemorate and honor the deep connection the Williams family has with the school, and the service of Andrea B. Williams.
Charter School Reports
Portman’s Music owner, Mr. Jerry Portman, appeared before the Board to make a donation of musical instruments to students who were selected as recipients. Those receiving instruments are:
- Alan Carlyle (Georgetown K8) – Trumpet
- Ava Holcey (Georgetown K8) – Flute
- Kaylee Lucas (Largo-Tibet ES) – Alto Sax
- Jeffery Betke (DeRenne MS) – Alto Sax
- Jesus Hernandez Pena (Brock ES) – Trombone
- Chike’ Hill (Southwest MS) – Trombone
- Nykolas Gibbons (DeRenne MS) – Trombone
- Kalia Lee (DeRenne MS) – Flute
City of Savannah Budget Director Melissa Carter appeared before the Board to present information on proposed Fire Fees. The fees, if assessed under the City’s 2018 Budget, would create additional operating expenses for the school district.
Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach appeared before the Board to show support for a collaborative partnership with the school district that would support Early Childhood Education!
The following item was presented to the Board for information:
Regulation JBC-R – School Admissions is being modified to include additional information regarding the criteria for Choice Programs. Choice Program Admissions Criteria will be removed from the Board Policy Manual as the criteria for Choice Programs is posted annually to the District’s website and shared widely with all schools. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJNRV5EF87A
Savannah Classical Academy Charter Receives Extension
The Savannah Classical Academy Charter School (SCA) has served the students of Savannah-Chatham County is currently in the final year of their existing Charter. During this period, SCA has had difficulty adhering to the material terms of its charter, including failure to meet the accountability expectations set forth for academics and student performance. The Georgia Department of Education District Flexibility and Charter Schools Division placed SCA on probation and requested that SCA create a corrective action plan to address its deficiencies and comply with its charter.
GaDOE has approved that corrective action plan and SCA has begun its implementation by providing additional professional development to teachers, realigning curriculum to the Georgia Standards of Excellence, and engaging outside academic specialists and charter consultants.
In order for SCA to demonstrate the school is in full compliance with its Charter terms and that all components of the corrective action plan have been implemented with fidelity, additional time is required. Petitioners requested and were granted an additional year on their current charter to do so. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJNRX5EF87C
The Board of Education voted to adopt their 2018 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES (GOALS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
The proposed priorities for the 2018 Legislative Session include:
- Fair and Equitable State Accountability System
- Consistency in the State Accountability Model (CCRPI)
- Early Childhood Education: Specifically an increase Pre-K program funding to address early childhood education.
- Legislative Implementation Process: Specifically that effective implementation of new initiatives brought about by legislative action should include sufficient time for planning, budgeting, and implementation.
- Support Increased Funding for the State Health Benefit Plan and the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia.
- Reform Tax Credit Program (QEE)
- Elimination of Austerity Reductions
- Education Technology: Specifically increased state contribution for local education technology and staffing needs to improve and enhance classroom instruction
For more information and details on these Priorities, please follow this link: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJNS35EF880
Budget transfers were requested and approved for construction and technology expenditures. Those items included:
- An Academic Affairs request to transfer $130,000 from a computer equipment account to support the purchase of Unify/Performance Matters and our Early Warning Detection System. This Digital Data System will allow leadership, teachers, and staff to determine progress made on those key indicators of student success. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATKPYR663BEB
- A request for the transfer of $120,000 for realignment of funds to cover the cost of the roof replacement project at Myers Middle School. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATRVDL7EB53B
- A request to transfer $120,500 for realignment of funds to cover the cost of the dock renovation project at Oatland Island.
- A request that $200,000 be transferred from an ESPLOST II Unallocated Account to purchase audio enhancement equipment for all band and chorus classrooms, classroom projector replacements, laptop battery replacements, and to complete the Library Media Center Commons initiative from ESPLOST II. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJPS9631E23
ZONAR Device and GPS Kit Service Renewal
The Board approved annual recurring service fees in the total amount of $178,141.92 for services related to use of the devices which continue to provide drivers the means for performing pre and post trip inspections of the school buses, the ability to electronically record any mechanical defect with buses, locate any of the equipped vehicles, and also serves as the time and attendance resource for school bus drivers and monitors, allowing for drivers and monitors to clock in and out from their buses. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJPT763775B
Policy DCI – Budget Amendments and Transfers has been modified to update dollar amounts for approval authority and to update transfer language. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJQ4Y652BC8
Board Policy JBC: School Admissions has been modified to align the policy with the State Board Rule. Revisions to the policy include the following:
- Documenting enrollment requirements
- Adding kinship caregiver to the list of persons that may enroll eligible students
- Enrolling children of military families http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJQ4Z652E0C
Quarterly ESPLOST Update!
A quarterly update on the District’s multimillion dollar ESPLOST construction projects was provided to the Board that included ESPLOST II highlights and updates on progress of ESPLOST III plans. For the full report, follow this link. http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=ATJNUV5EF8DA
Beach High Auditorium Project Progress! The Board approved the selection of J.W. Robinson & Associates, Inc. as the firm to design the auditorium project for Beach High, pending final contract negotiations to be approved by the Superintendent.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING EMPLOYEES!
Mercer Middle: Christian Pantin – Interim School
Shuman Elementary: Evanita Wallace-Lewis – Interim School Principal
Hodge Elementary: Kimberly Dozier – Interim Assistant Principal
Low Elementary: Patrick Barnes – Interim Assistant Principal
WINGS Elementary: Sylvia Jenkins – Interim Assistant Center Leader