Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Highlights from the January 9, 2019 Board Meeting

Published on: 1/10/2019

​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:

At the formal meeting, the Board passed a resolution in support of the Hubert Turnaround plan.

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:

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.

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!

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

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.

Policy FG – Facilities Projects Administration has been modified to align with HB 489 which added Georgia Procurement Registry provisions. 

Policy DJE – Purchasing has been modified to align with HB 489 which added Georgia Procurement Registry provisions.

Policy JBC(4) – Awarding Units and Transferring Credit has been modified to update language pertaining to accepting transfer credit and grades.

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:

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.

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.

Board Matters

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

Committee Appointments
The Board set committee appointments for the coming year. The full list can be found here:\

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)

January Committee Meetings


Thursday, January 10, 2019

4:00 PM

Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue, Savannah


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

8:30 AM

Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue, Savannah


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