Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Highlights from the March 6, 2019 Board Meeting

Published on: 5/9/2019

Summer Learning Opportunities!

Once again, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will provide a variety of summer learning opportunities for our students.  They range from Summer School to assist students who have not met grade level requirements or who need to recover credits to Summer Camps and Enrichment opportunities providing fun experiences in subjects like robotics, theater, culinary arts, and film production. Most are free or low cost for our families.  An overview was provided to Board members during the Informal Meeting. To learn more:


Professional Development Partnership at Hesse K8!

The Board was presented a report on an existing partnership with Georgia Southern that offers Professional Development Programs and internship opportunities at Hesse K8 School for future education professionals. The program includes a teacher induction model to support interns. To learn more about the program:



Also at the Informal Board Meeting – Deputy Superintendent Vanessa Miller-Kaigler and her staff presented an update on ESPLOST Revenue Collection and ongoing projects. The presentation included extensive details on a master-campus plan for a Groves K-12, proposed redistricting to alleviate overcrowding as new facilities come online, and community outreach.



At the regular meeting of the Board, a realignment of ESPLOST Projects and funding was approved due to a projected shortfall in ESPLOST funding and a decline in enrollment growth. The project list for ESPLOST III included a replacement school for Groves High School, a new K-8 school on the Groves campus, and a replacement school for Gould Elementary.  To alleviate the overcrowding on the west side, satisfy the goals of ESPLOST III, and reduce costs to off-set the reduction in funding, a masterplan for a K-12 school on the existing Groves High School campus site has been completed and is being submitted for consideration. A K-12 on the Groves High School campus will allow the District to house Groves High School, Mercer Middle School, and Gould Elementary School.  This plan will offer flexibility for the anticipated continued growth on the west side, and offer flexible campus use options to meet the learning needs of the student population.  

ESPLOST III Budget Realignment

ESPLOST III Project Realignment

Islands Construction Bid Approved!
The Board approved the award of Bid C19-19 to construct the Islands High School Campus Track and Multi-Purpose Field (Phase III) to John E. Lavender & Associates, Inc. at a total cost of $3,243,000.00.

New Facility Rental Process Coming Soon!

The Board also heard a presentation on Facilitron – a third party facilities management program the facilities department plans to implement in the coming year. Facilitron’s partnership strategy provides software and support at no cost, a scheduling and reservation platform to help the district maximize internal facility use, consolidates facility scheduling, and manages community use requests.  The platform will save administrative time while giving the district full control over how and when facilities are to be used.


East Broad Street School Renamed to the Henderson E. Formey, Jr., School!

The Board approved the renaming of the East Broad Street School to the Henderson E. Formey, Jr., School in advance of the facility becoming an Early Learning Center in the 2019-20 School Year. A number of Formey family members and community leaders spoke to the Board in support of the name.


AdvancED Summary Report of Actions and Activities

The AdvancED Compliance Subcommittee presented a report on the actions and activities they the Board has undertaken to improve effectiveness based on recommendations received from AdvancED.  Representatives from AdvancED are scheduled to conduct their follow-up review March 27-28, 2019.


Legislative Update!

A Legislative Update regarding matters of the 2019 Legislative Session was provided to the Board.  The 2019 Legislative Session began on Monday, January 14, 2019 and will conclude on April 2, 2019.


Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for February was announced! Congratulations to Anastasia Cail-Greene– an 8th grader from Coastal Middle School!

STAR Students and Teachers Recognized

Islands High School Senior Caroline Adkins was honored as this year’s Chatham County “STAR STUDENT” and she chose to honor Ms. Megan Heberle as her STAR Teacher.   The Board recognized Caroline and Ms. Heberle along with the STAR Student Teacher nominees from each of our high schools.

School Board Appreciation Week Recognized!

Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools is joining in a statewide celebration to salute the efforts of local school board members. The week of March 18-22, 2019, has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The weeklong observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education.


Proclamation Recognizes National School Breakfast Week and National Nutrition Month!

The Board recognized the week of March 4 to March 8, 2019, as National School Breakfast Week and the month of March National Nutrition Month within the School District.


Proclamation Recognizes National School Social Workers Week!

This year the theme for National School Social Workers Week is “Lucky Enough to be a School Social Worker.”  To recognize the valuable contributions of our school social workers, the Board of Education has proclaimed March 3 to March 9, 2019 as National School Social Workers Week.



The following policies are being updated to change references to “Executive Committee” in the Policy Code Section to properly reflect the distinction of the Officers of the Board as the “Executive Officers.”

Policy BBA – Board Officers


Policy BBBE – Board Member Compensation and Expenses


Policy BCBL – Review of Board Procedures


Policy BDE – Policy Review


Policy ABCE – Board Member Resignation


Policy BBD – Board-School Superintendent Relations

Policy DCI – Budget Line Item Transfer Authority has been modified to change threshold levels for budget amendments and transfers to provide greater efficiency for the day to day needs of the school system.


Administrative Regulation EEE-R(1) – Wellness Program has been revised to align revisions related to unstructured break times for recess and to update language regarding incentives that promote healthy habits under School Based Activities. Board members discussed components of the regulation that District Administration will consider for future revisions.  Any additional changes will be brought before the Board at a later date.


Administrative Regulation BCAE-R – Public Hearings has been modified to ensure the language appropriately applies to all public hearings that may be convened by the Board.



Policy EBB and Administrative Regulation EBB-R(1) – Board Policy “Safety” has 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. Therefore, Policy EBH and Administrative Regulation EBH-R – Leasing and Renting is being 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. The Board voted to amend the policy recommendation to include the provisions up to 5th grade.


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.


March Committee Meetings



Thursday, March 14 2019

4:00 PM

Whitney Administrative Complex

2 Laura Avenue


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

3:30 PM

Whitney Administrative Complex

2 Laura Avenue



Thursday, March 28, 2019

7:45 AM

Whitney Administrative Complex

2 Laura Avenue



Monday April 8, 2019

8:00 AM

Whitney Administrative Complex

2 Laura Avenue

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