Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Highlights from the October 3, 2018 Board Meeting

Published on: 10/4/2018

​Turnaround Reform Efforts Update
At the Informal Meeting of the Board of Education, the SCCPSS Division of Academic Affairs updated Board Members on Turnaround Reform efforts at Brock, Shuman, Hubert, Mercer, & the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High. The update included reports from school principals who highlighted effective strategies for improvement and shared school outcomes.   To read the entire report click here:

October 8th Make-up Day Approved!
As a result of the potential for dangerous weather conditions associated with the passing of Hurricane Florence, students of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System missed an instructional day on Friday, September 14, 2018. The Board approved making up lost instructional time by utilizing one of the designated make-up days included on the 2018-19 Academic School Year Calendar. Monday, October 8, 2018 had been listed on the SY 2018-19 Calendar as a School Staff/Student Holiday for Columbus Day. It will now be a regular school day.

Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for September was announced! Congratulations to Richard Lopez Del La Cruz – a 5th grader from the School of Humanities at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary.

Eleven SCCPSS Schools Awarded AEDs!
Through the exemplary work of our school nurses, each school has been selected to receive a new automated external defibrillator (AED) by the Michael Vincent Sage Dragonheart Foundation! A complete list of the schools and the district nurses who worked hard to win those grants can be found at this link:

Finance Team Recognized for Excellence!Congratulations to the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Finance team. The Government Finance Officers Association has found that the District’s annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

Student and Professional Senate Reports!
Reports from our Student Senate as well as from our Teacher of the Year and Instructional Support Person of the Year were presented. This month student reports were given by Stephen Heine and Arreyonna Brown of Windsor Forest High School and Rio Washington and Daneisha Donaldson of New Hampstead High School.

Student Senate Report:

Professional Senate Report:

School Transportation Employee Appreciation!
The Board of Public Education for the City of Savannah and County of Chatham, proclaimed the week of October 22-26, 2018, be observed as Bus Driver and School Transportation Employee Appreciation Week in recognition of the contribution drivers, monitors and other school transportation staff make to the nation’s public education system.

National School Lunch Week!
The Board recognizes the week of October 15-19, 2018, as National School Lunch Week and encourages all residents to become aware and concerned about their children’s and their own nutrition habits in hope of achieving a more healthful citizenry for today and for the future.

National Custodial Worker’s Day!
The Board of Public Education for the City of Savannah and County of Chatham, proclaimed October 2, 2018, as National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day. Custodial workers operate behind the scenes and are often under-appreciated for the hard work they do day after day keeping schools clean and well maintained.  While delivering outstanding services and running a well maintained operation building, they contribute to important first impressions and success of the school.

2018-19 DAS-REMI -School Board Governance and Leadership Priorities Approved!
The District Accountability System - Reporting, Evaluating, and Monitoring Instrument (DAS-REMI) provides the framework for the school system’s strategic planning process. It incorporates the Mission and Vision statements, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Goals as approved by the Board of Education for the City of Savannah and the County of Chatham. The Board adopted their Governance and Leadership Priorities for inclusion in the document.

Bus Purchases Approved!
The Board approved the use of Statewide Contract 999999-SPD-G20160601 for the purchase of 45 buses at a total cost of $4,342,060.00. Funding for this purchase shall include $3,342,060 from the Transportation Department’s General Fund budget and $1,000,000 from ESPLOST III.

Audit Plan Approved!
The Board approved the annual Audit Plan for Fiscal Year 2019.

Policy IEDA – Unstructured Break Time
The Board continues to review policies surrounding unstructured break time. At the October 3, 2018 meeting the Board conducted a review of policy language to specifically include references to recess. The Board adopted a motion to table policy review to allow time for the Wellness Committee to offer additional input. A Wellness Committee Meeting will be planned during the month of October.

Policy Adopted!
A number of policies were approved for changes during the October 3, 2018 Board Meeting. Those policy updates were in regard to Visitors to School, Video Surveillance, School Board Records and Student Complaints and Grievances, School Admissions and Social Media Use Guidelines in the Board Code of Ethics. 

Board Policy JG(1) – Video Surveillance has been modified to update and/or add language regarding audio and visual recordings.

Policy BE – School Board Records has been revised for a wording change.

Policy BH – Board Code of Ethics has been revised to issue guidelines for the use of social media by Board members.

Policy JCE – Student Complaints and Grievances has been revised to update language for current references to Due Process.

Policy KN, Administrative Regulation KN-R, and Exhibit KN-E(2) have been modified to update job titles.

Policy JBC – School Admissions has been modified to align with HB 159 which broadens delegated caregiving authority.

Printers Donated!
The Board voted to approve the donation of six HP Designjet Z6200 Printers from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

GNET Facilities Grant Approved!
The Board approved a grant the district has been awarded in the amount of $1,083,207.13. This grant is to be used by January 31, 2020 to complete renovations for Coastal Georgia Comprehensive Academy outside of ESPLOST funding.

Salary and Compensation Study!
The Board approved a one-time contract for Management Advisory Group International, Inc. in the amount of $50,000.00, pending final contract negotiations, to provide a salary and compensation study. The District’s goal is to develop appropriate position specifications and salary ranges for certain non-teaching positions with a tiered career pathway for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.

GMAS EOG and EOC Report Presented!
An executive summary was presented to the Board on End of Grade and End of Course GMAS results from the 2017-18 SY. Some highlights include:

- Students in grades 3-5 maintained the prior year’s ELA content mastery score, and made gains in math, science and social studies.

- Students in grades 6-8 improved over last year in all four subject areas.

- The district exceeded the comparison group’s performance in middle grades ELA, and in both elementary and middle grades math.  

The full report can be viewed here:

A.B. Williams School Change Order
The Board approved a change order to JE Dunn Construction Company d/b/a Rives E. Worrell in the amount of $195,251 and increased the GMP for the construction of the A.B. Williams Elementary School to $21,488,436 to cover additional unanticipated site costs and additions to the scope of work in the GMP.

Budget Transfer Covers Shortfall for School Nutrition Program
The Board approved a transfer to the School Nutrition Program of $1,500,000 from the General Fund to cover a net loss for fiscal year 2018.

Tax Anticipation Note
Staff has prepared cash flow projections showing a negative cash balance for October and November. This is the result of two primary factors: use of fund balance in recent years and increased expenditures. In order to continue to fund district operations until the property tax payments are received, staff has worked with the district’s advisors to issue a Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) for $21 million, which will be repaid on or before December 31, 2018.

Board October Meeting Calendar

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 4:00 PM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue 

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 3:30 PM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue  

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue  

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 7:45 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex – Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room (Building G)
2 Laura Avenue

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