Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Highlights from the October 2, 2019 Board Meeting

Published on: 10/4/2019

​Academic Progress! Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) End of Grade and End of Course Tests SY 2018-19
At the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education, Board Members were presented a report on student achievement on GMAS End of Grade and End of Course assessments during the past school year. Key points include:

  • The district continues to strengthen performance in math, achieving both one- and three-year gains and meeting or exceeding the comparison group at the elementary, middle, and high school level.
  • At the high school level, the district outperformed its comparison group in all four content areas and surpassed the comparison group in every individual EOC subject except Economics.
  • The district is making the greatest gains and meeting improvement targets for all content areas in middle grades and high school.
  • Although the district made progress in elementary grades math, overall the elementary grades did not meet the annual target and fell below the comparison group in all content areas except math.

We are proud of our students and teachers! See the full report here:
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BG4P4Z62067A

ESPLOST Updates

Cost Adjustment for Jenkins High ESPLOST Project Approved
On July 11, 2018, the Board approved the award of RFP #C18-23, Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) for the Jenkins High School Replacement Project to JE Dunn Construction Company with an Initial Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of $55,000,000.00. Under the direction of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung International, Inc.; final construction bid documents were prepared and issued for the project. The Board approved a Change Order increasing the Guaranteed Maximum Price based on the final Construction Documents and includes all amounts for the subcontracted work, a 2% construction contingency, and the CMR’s general conditions and fees, for a total of $57,846,879.
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Contract Approved for Design of New K-12 Multi-School Project
The Board approved the award of RFQ/RFP C19-22 (ESPLOST) for Design Professional Services for the New K-12 Multi School Project to LS3P Associates, LTD of Savannah, Georgia at a cost of $4,180,000.
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Board Governance Team Self-Assessment Tool Presented
At the Informal Meeting of the Board, Dr. Dionne Hoskins-Brown presented colleagues with the governance team self-assessment, which is based upon the Georgia State Board of Education Standards for Effective Governance. It is intended to provide the board and superintendent a status review on implementation of identified best governance practices with the roles and responsibilities of the governance team clarified and quantified. The self-assessment instrument is not intended to be utilized as an evaluation instrument, but is designed to provide benchmarks for the governance team and for their consideration in establishing improvements of governance best practices.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BGCTDE76DB95

Savannah Music Festival Musical Explorers Program
Also at the Informal Meeting, Board Members received a presentation on the Musical Explorers Program sponsored by the Savannah Music Festival and plans for the Savannah Jazz Academy. The initiative is scheduled to begin in January and will provide students who participate with instruments, private and group lessons, and academic tutoring. Many thanks to the Savannah Music Festival for their continued collaboration with our schools!
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Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for September is Kala Godbee, a 5th grader from White Bluff Elementary School.  Congratulations, Kala!
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SCCPSS Counselor Recognized with Yale Educator Award
Former Savannah Early College School Counselor Ms. Lisa Hickson has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Yale Educator Award. The award, sponsored by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions, recognizes educators from around the world who inspire and support their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. Ms. Hickson was nominated by a former Early College student who is now a freshman at Yale.  Ms. Hickson is currently counseling students at Godley Station K8.
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SCCPSS Principals Recognized for National School Principals Month
National Principals Month is observed each October through the advocacy of the American Federation of School Administrators, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, where school leaders are put in the spotlight for their endless commitment to high quality principalship.
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SCCPSS Custodians Recognized for National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day
Tuesday, October 2, 2019 is National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day. Whitney Administrative Complex Custodian Linda Singleton was called forward to represent her colleagues across the district in appreciation for all they do. Thanks to ALL our amazing custodians for keeping our facilities neat and clean!

October 14-18, 2019 Proclaimed National School Lunch Week
The Board recognized National School Lunch Week as a way to continue to encourage all residents to become aware and concerned about their children’s, and their own, nutrition habits in hope of achieving a healthier citizenry for today and for the future.
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School Bus Safety and Transportation Appreciation Week
The Board proclaimed the week of October 21-25, 2019 School Bus Safety and Transportation Appreciation Week in recognition of the contribution drivers and other school transportation staff make to our public education system. Thank a bus driver and transportation worker for their role in keeping our precious cargo safe!
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Policy First Reads

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 pulled in September for further review and modification. The policy as currently written is now being presented for first reading during the October 2, 2019 meeting.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BG3SW8745A0D

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 as currently written is now being presented for first reading during the October 2, 2019 meeting.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BG3SWB745A10

BOARD MATTERS: FY 2018-19 Local Board Governance Training Report and Revised Training Plan (Goals 1, 2, 3, 4)
Georgia Boards of Education are required to submit an annual Local Board Governance Training Plan and a Local Board Governance Annual Training Report to the Georgia Department of Education. The Board was presented with and approved the revised 2018-19 Training Plan which coincides with the FY 2018-19 Local Board Governance Annual Training Report due to the State Department of Education by October 15, 2019.
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BOARD MATTERS: FY 2019-20 Local Board Governance Training Plan (Goals 1, 2, 3, 4)
Georgia Boards of Education are required to submit a Local Board Governance Training Plan to the Georgia Department of Education annually. The Board was presented with and approved the Local Board Governance Training Plan for the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Public Education for FY 2019-20. The plan is due to the State Department of Education by October 15, 2019.
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Policy Adoptions

Policy GAC, Deletion of GAC-R, and Deletion of Exhibit GAC-E(1) – Staff Involvement in Decision Making (Four Year-Review)
Pursuant to Board Policy BDE – Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy GAC, Regulation GAC-R, and Exhibit GAC-E(1) and determined that the Regulation and Exhibit can be deleted from the policy manual. District Administration has determined a need for changes in the Policy. The policy was presented for second read and adopted.
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Administrative Regulation GARH-R(1) – Employee Leaves and Absences has been revised based on guidance from the District’s legal team.
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Policy GA and Administrative Regulation GA-R – General Personnel (Four Year Review)
Pursuant to Board Policy BDE - Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy GA – General Personnel along with the supporting regulation, and has determined a need for changes. The policy was presented as a second read and adopted.
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Policy DFL and Administrative Regulation DFL-R – Investment Earnings (Four Year Review)
Pursuant to Board Policy BDE- Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy DFL and Administrative Regulation DFL-R and has determined no changes are required.
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Policy FEB– Educational Specifications (Four Year Review)
Pursuant to Board Policy BDE- Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy FEB and has determined no changes are required.
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October Committee Meetings

BOARD CHARTER COMMITTEE MEETING
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 10:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue 

WELLNESS COMMITTEE MEETING
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 8:30 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue 

BOARD ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 3:30 PM
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue

 

Personnel Moves

Welcome Christopher Jacobs!
Interim Assistant Principal, Myers Middle School

Welcome Tony Foy!
Interim Assistant Principal, Southwest Elementary 

Welcome Charles Smith!
Transportation Fleet Director, SCCPSS Transportation

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