Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Highlights from the February 6, 2019 Board Meeting

Published on: 2/7/2019

​2019-20 SY Calendar Approved!
he Board approved the recommended calendar for the 2019-20 SY. The first day of school will be Monday, August 5, 2019. Some additional highlights include.

  • Offers 180 Days of Instruction
  • Provides teachers one full week of pre-planning
  • Begins the school year on Monday, August 5, 2019
  • Maintains an academic focus for the completion of major state testing before extended breaks (i.e. Winter Break)
  • Includes two early release days (for staff professional development)
  • Includes one full week of Thanksgiving Break
  • Includes a two-week Winter Break
  • Includes one full week of Spring Break
  • Provides 3 designated make up days in semester one
  • Provides 3 designated make up days in semester two

For the entire 2019-20 SY Calendar follow this link:

Graduation Rate Report! 86.6%!
The Board was presented a report on the District’s 2017-18 Graduation Rate as part of the required reporting included within the District Accountability System. Some highlights include:

  • SCCPSS continued to improve its cohort graduation rate, achieving a rate of 86.6%.
  • This exceeds the annual performance target and establishes a new record high for the district.
  • Compared to last year, the graduation rate improved by more than two points.
  • SY 2017-18 marks the fourth consecutive year of gains in the graduation rate.
  • For the fourth consecutive year, the district exceeded the state’s graduation rate.

See the complete report here:

Recommendation Presented for Renaming of East Broad Street K8
Policy FDC, Naming Facilities, states that "before adopting a name for a facility, the name shall be presented to the Board at one meeting and voted on by the Board at the next meeting."

A team has been appointed by the Superintendent to provide a recommendation for the renaming of the East Broad Street School.  The names presented to the Board for consideration are:

  1. Henderson E. Formey
  2. Jane DeVeaux
  3. Wesley W. Law

Charter School Reports
At the Informal Meeting of the Board, each of the district’s charter schools presented annual reports on their progress, achievements and plans for the future. Please follow this link for a look at each of the charter school reports.

Human Resources Report
Also during the informal meeting, the Division of Human Resources presented a report on the rate of turnover among teachers, administrators, and classified personnel in the district. The report is part of the District Accountability System requirements regarding the stewardship of human resources.

Legislative Update!
The 2019 Legislative session began on Monday, January 14, 2019 and is expected to conclude in early April. Highlights from the Governor’s Proposed 2020 Budget include a commitment to recruit and retain Georgia’s teachers, invest in school safety, and address mental health.  Details can be found here:

Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for January was announced! Congratulations to Matthew Mitchell – a 2nd grader from Bloomingdale Elementary School!

Professional Report:
Reports from our Teacher of the Year and Instructional Support Person of the Year were presented following last month’s meeting of the Superintendent’s Professional Senate.

To recognize the valuable contributions of our school counselors, the Board of Education proclaimed February 4-8, 2019, as National School Counseling Week, with the theme "School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life."


Policy EBB and Administrative Regulation EBB-R(1) – Safety have been modified to add key control provisions.

Policy KG and Administrative Regulation KG-R(1) – Use of School Facilities
Policy KG has been revised to include the development of Administrative Regulation KG-R(1) for the purpose of refining the existing use of school facilities process.

Policy EBH and Administrative Regulation EBH-R – Leasing and Renting covers components that will be included in Policy KG and Administrative Regulation KG-R(1) – Use of School Facilities. It is recommended that Policy EBH and Administrative Regulation EBH-R – Leasing and Renting be deleted from the policy manual.

Policy JD Student Discipline has been modified to align with requirements under HB 740 regarding expulsion and suspension provisions for students in Pre-K – 3rd grade. The policy has also been updated to include references to O.C.G.A 16-11-127.1 contained in Rule 10 Weapons and Dangerous Instruments.

Policy GAM – Staff Rights and Responsibilities has been modified to update language pertaining to District employee responsibilities regarding relationships with students, parents, and other staff members.

Annual Audit Report Presented
The Board was presented with the 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Single Audit Report for the Year Ended June 30, 2018 and Auditor's Discussion and Analysis (AD&A) Financial & Compliance Audit Summary June 30, 2018. The reports can be found here:

Board Resolution Supports Proposed Hub Transportation Plan
The Board resolved to support the implementation of a Hub Transportation System as a cost saving method for transporting students enrolled at a school outside of his/her attendance zone effective school year 2020-2021.

February Committee Meetings

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 8:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:45 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue

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