Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Highlights from the November 6, 2019 Board Meeting

Published on: 11/8/2019

The new HUB Transportation Plan will start in SY 2020-21 for High School Choice Program Students! 
At the Informal Meeting of the Board, District Transportation Staff presented the Board with an update on plans for the HUB Transportation Plan being implemented for Choice Program high school students in the 2020-21 School Year.  The presentation offered information on Hub site locations, the implementation timeline, and provided some detail on the potential need for a future modification to the bell schedule.  A survey to learn more about the parent options has been deployed and public meetings are planned over the coming months. Public meeting dates will be announced and posted to the homepage of the District’s website. http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BHFSSS74205F 

Graduation Rate Rises Again! SCCPSS Outperforms the State Average for Five Years in a Row!
At the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education, Board Members were presented a report on the SCCPSS Graduation Rate for the 2018-19 SY. On September 18, 2019, the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) published official graduation rates for each school, district, and the state.  SCCPSS achieved a graduation rate of 87.8% - a gain of more than 1 point compared to last year.  It establishes a new record high for the district. For the fifth consecutive year, the district exceeded both the state and the comparison group graduation rates and in SY 2018-19, SCCPSS earned the highest graduation rate within the comparison group. To view the complete report on the District’s Graduation Rate:
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BGZSHP723338

Post-Secondary Accelerated Options (PAO)
Staff from the Academic Affairs Division presented the Board with a report on student achievement in the District’s Post-Secondary Accelerated Options. Some Key Points include:

  • ​In SY 2018-19, 1,813 students successfully completed one or more AP, IB, or dual enrollment courses. The district’s PAO completion rate was 20% -- 6 points below the SY 2018-19 target of 26%. 
  • While most PAO completion is within the Advanced Placement option, the number of students completing dual enrollment has steadily increased over the past three years.
  • Johnson’s IB exam success rate was 40%, representing a 4-point gain over last year while Windsor Forest’s IB exam success rate of 46% was 4 points lower than prior year.
  • In SY 2018-19 students earned over 3,600 dual enrollment credits – over 600 credits more than in the previous year, and a gain of over 1,300 credits from SY 2016-17.

See the complete report at this link:
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BH2TC976ADEB

Workforce Readiness
At the Informal Meeting of the Board, CTAE Senior Director Dr. Angie Lewis presented Board Members with an update on Workforce Readiness programs in Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. Key Points include:

  • SCCPSS pathway completers earned a 71% End Of Pathway Assessment success rate in SY 2018-19.  This represents a 4 point increase over the past three years, and exceeds the state benchmark target. 
  • Eighteen percent (18%) of SY 2018-19 SCCPSS graduates participated in one or more work-based learning courses during their high school career, reflecting a 1-point increase from the prior year.

School Nutrition Program Financial Update

At the Informal Meeting of the Board, members were provided an update on the financial performance of the District’s School Nutrition Program. Data was provided on the Comparison Group as well as SCCPSS program expenditures and revenues. The comparison groups included Cherokee, Fulton, Muskogee and Richmond Counties.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BHFSSM741A6B

 
Budget Process FY 2021
Mr. Larry Jackson, Chief Financial Officer, provided a document to initiate early planning on the FY 2021 Budget process with Board members. Topics included Budget Calendar Timeline, State Budget Forecasting and Outlook, Assumptions on State Salary Increases (Governor’s Budget), Cash Flow, the District Compensation Plan – Year 4, and the Budgeting Approach for the School Nutrition Program
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BH2TDA76D6D9

Legislative Priorities

The Board discussed its 2020 Legislative Priorities in advance of final adoption scheduled for the December 11th Board meeting. Chief Public Affairs and Administrative Services Officer, Mr. Kurt Hetager, offered a lookback on the previous Legislative Priorities (2019) and detailed some potential areas of focus for 2020.  
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BH2TA4765EED

Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for October is Andy Doan, an 8th grader from Georgetown K8 School. Congratulations, Andy! 

Two SCCPSS High Schools Recognized as Breakout Schools
The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is home to two of only seven high schools named Breakout Schools in the state of Georgia this year!  The honor is bestowed each year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP) and is designed to identify, recognize, and showcase Georgia High Schools that are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement. Congratulations to staff and students at both Savannah Arts Academy and Windsor Forest High School on this achievement! 

American Education Week Recognized
The Board has proclaimed the week of November 18-22, 2019, as American Education Week.  This is the 98th Annual Observance for the purpose of highlighting public education as the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation’s precious values of freedom, civility and equality.  The 2019 theme is "Reach, Educate, Inspire."
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School Psychology Week Recognized

The Board proclaimed November 11-15, 2019, as School Psychology Week in recognition of the contribution the school psychologist makes to the nation’s public education system. Psychologists are among the most highly trained individuals instrumental in helping our next generation thrive, working directly with students, teachers, and parents to meet the special learning needs of our children.
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Retired Educators Day Recognized
The Board proclaimed November 3, 2019, as declared by the Governor of the State of Georgia, be recognized as Retired Educators Day in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and asks that every citizen join us throughout the month of November to recognize the lasting contributions of retired educators.
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ESPLOST Updates

School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High Stadium Project

The Board approved a contract with Cogdell & Mendrala Architects for Design Services for the new Savannah High School Stadium project for a total amount of $260,000.   http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BHFSLM7337FB

Savannah Arts Academy Renovation Project
The Board approved a contract with Cogdell & Mendrala Architects for Design Services for the Savannah Arts Academy Renovation project for a total amount of $875,400.  
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BHFSM3734A1

Policy First Reads

Policy GAN-Employee Tobacco Use (Mid Period Review)
District Administration has reviewed Board Policy GAN and is recommending certain revisions. Employees are prohibited from using tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, or electronic nicotine delivery systems and vaping products) while they are acting in their official capacity as Savannah Chatham County Board of Education employees, while they are engaged in activities which are under the auspices of the Savannah Chatham County Board of Education; or while they are representing the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.  
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BGZSFB7232EC​

Policy GBRJ, Administrative Regulation GBRJ-R – Arrangement for Substitutes (Four Year Review) 
Pursuant to Board Policy BDE-Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy GBRJ-Arrangement for Substitutes along with the supporting regulation and has determined a need for changes. Substitute teachers shall be provided during the absence of regular teachers. When a teacher in grades Pre-K12 is absent, a qualified substitute, as defined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Rule 505-2.20, should be obtained.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BH2SB47158B9

Policy GAMA and Administrative Regulation GAMA-R Drug Free Workplace (Mid Period Review)
District Administration has reviewed Board Policy GAMA and has determined no changes are required.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BHFSDG722DA3

Administrative Regulation JCE-R - Student Complaints and Grievances (Four Year Review)
Pursuant to Board Policy BDE-Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed administrative regulation JCE-R and has determined a need for changes. Administrative Regulation JCE-R-Student Complaints and Grievances has been revised based on guidance from the District’s legal team.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BHFSDJ722F8B

Policy Adoptions

Board Policy DCC – Budget Preparation Procedures has been created to outline procedures related to budget preparation. Policy DCC had been previously presented for first read on August 14.  The policy was presented for first reading during the October 2, 2019 meeting.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BGZSHD72332E

Board Policy DCCB – Staff Involvement in Budget Making has been created to outline staff involvement in budget making.  Policy DCCB had been previously presented for first read on August 14.  The policy was pulled in September for further review and modification.  The policy was presented for first reading during the October 2, 2019 meeting.
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November Calendar Items

VETERAN’S DAY:
NO SCHOOL - HOLIDAY FOR ALL - Monday, November 11, 2019  
HOLIDAY BREAK: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF - Monday, November 25, 2019 through Friday, November 29, 2019   

November Committee Meetings

CHARTER SCHOOL AUTHORIZERS’ CONFERENCE
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
711 Sandtown Road
 
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, November 14, 2019  
4:00 PM     
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue
 
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
10:00 AM     
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue

ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesday, November 19, 2019  
3:30 PM     
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue
 
CHARTER COMMITTEE MEETING 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019  
10:00 AM    
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue  

DISTRICT 5 TOWN HALL MEETING – MRS. IRENE HINES, HOST
Wednesday, November 20, 2019  
6:30 PM    
Beach High School’s Multi-Purpose Building
3001 Hopkins Street

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