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School council elections coming

POSTED: August 6, 2012 7:22 p.m.

All Effingham County schools will hold elections this month for their school councils for the 2012-13 school year.


The General Assembly requires that all public school systems in Georgia have school councils in place, to bring communities and schools closer together to solve difficult education problems, improve academic achievement, provide support for teachers and administrators and bring parents into the school-based decision-making process.


Each school council will consist of seven members. Members of the council include (1) four parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school (two of whom must be business associations), excluding employees who are parents or guardians of such students, two of whom must be business persons; (2) two certificated teachers, excluding any personnel employed in administrative positions, who are employed at least four of the six school segments at the school; and (3) the school principal. School council members will serve two-year terms and will attend four meetings during the school year. While the school council is designed to serve as an advisory group, members will have a broad range of responsibilities and will receive specific information to assist them in executing their duties.


Each school is preparing for the election of the teacher and parent members. School administrators will work with their certified staff to elect two teacher representatives. Each school will have a meeting for parents to nominate and vote for the two parent representatives. Parents may also be nominated on the written form that will be sent home with students.

Following is the schedule of parent election meetings:
Aug. 21
Rincon Elementary – 5 p.m., cafeteria
Sand Hill Elementary – 9 a.m., media center
South Effingham High – 5 p.m., cafeteria
Aug. 22
Ebenezer Elementary – 6, p.m., media center
Aug. 23
Guyton Elementary – 8:30 a.m., media center
South Effingham Middle – 4:30 p.m., conference room
Aug. 24
Blandford Elementary – 8 a.m., front conference room
Aug. 27
Ebenezer Middle – 6 p.m., cafeteria
Effingham County High – 6 p.m., media center
South Effingham Elementary – 6 p.m., cafeteria
Aug. 28
Marlow Elementary – 6 p.m., front conference room
Springfield Elementary – 6 p.m., gym
Aug. 30
Effingham County Middle – 6 p.m., lecture hall

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