Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Highlights from the May 5, 2021 Board Meeting

Published on: 5/5/2021

The Way Forward:  5-Year Strategic Plan

The May Informal Meeting began earlier than its regularly scheduled time in order to accommodate the GSBA Strategic Planning Session for the District's 5-Year Strategic Plan.  During the workshop, representatives from GSBA solicited feedback on the Board's existing vision, mission and guiding principles and beliefs.

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Budget Process DAS Report

A mid-term and FY22 budget update was presented to the Board.  Board members are expected to receive printed copies of the Preliminary Budget next week.  Updates to the general fund, District priorities, and projected revenue changes were covered.  Staff also discussed a proposed Millage Rate Rollback for the FY22 budget.  Public Hearings on the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget begin Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

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 Superintendent's COVID-19 Operational Update

An Operational Update was provided during the Superintendent's Report to the Board to include the District's goal to have all students in class five days a week in 2021-2022 with functional aspects in place that are as close to pre-covid operations as health and safety conditions will allow.

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National School Nurse Day Proclamation

This year, the theme for National School Nurse Day is “Championing the Whole Student." To recognize the valuable contributions of our school nurses, the Board of Education proclaimed the day of May 5, 2021 as National School Nurse Day and commended our nursing team for their work as frontline health care heroes in the fight against the pandemic.

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National Teacher Appreciation Week

The Board of Public Education proclaimed the week of May 3 – 7, 2021, National Teacher Appreciation Week in recognition of the significant contributions our teachers make for our students and this community.

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Chief Terry Enoch Named Safe Routes to School Statewide Friend of the Year

Safe Routes to School has chosen B.O.E.P.D. Chief Terry Enoch as the organization's Statewide Friend of the Year. School Partners and Champions are selected based on their success in establishing a SRTS program, such as increasing the number of students walking and bicycling to school and the level of awareness about SRTS in its community, and creativity in implementing SRTS. 

Student of the Month Recognized

The Superintendent's Student of the Month for April is Jada Evans, a Junior from Islands High School.  Congratulations, Jada! 

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Professional Senate Report

A report from the latest meeting of the Superintendent's Professional Senate was presented by our Teacher of the Year and Instructional Support Person of the Year.

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Administrative Regulation: CN-R Administrative Records (Four Year Review – Changes Recommended for Regulation Only) Pursuant to Board Policy BDE- Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy CN along with the supporting regulation and has determined no changes are needed in the policy. Clarification is needed in the regulation to address the actions of the District as it pertains to the retention of records to also include the time for which retention under a litigation hold shall remain in place. http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=C2GQDU68D921

First Reads

Policy EG & EG-R – Insurance Management (Four Year Review – Changes Recommended) Pursuant to Board Policy BDE- Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy and Board Regulation EG and had determined a need for changes to the policy and removal of the regulation. Changes were made to update authority language and description of insurance coverage.

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Policy EGA – Staff Insurance Review (Four Year Review – Changes Recommended) Pursuant to Board Policy BDE-Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Policy EGA and has determined a need for changes to update the language with current practices and the current staff benefits program.

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Policy JGCC & JGCC-R – Infectious Diseases (Mid Period Review – Changes Recommended) District Administration has reviewed Board Policy and Regulation JGCC & JGCC-R Infectious Diseases and has determined changes are needed to bring the policy and regulation current with SCCPSS workplace processes.

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Policy GANA – Infectious Diseases (New Policy) District Administration has determined a need to create Board Policy GANA – Infectious Diseases to set expectations for staff who may have been exposed or who carry infections disease. The Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent or designee to develop and implement procedures related to the impact of infectious diseases on school system management and operations.

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Policy GBIA – Teacher Evaluation Appeals (New Policy) Due to legislative changes in Code Section 20-2-989.7, that provides for teachers who have accepted a contract for the fourth or subsequent consecutive school year, an option to appeal certain summative performance ratings must be provided. The local Board of Education is required to adopt an appeals policy that details the process no later than July 1, 2021.

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Charter Transportation Cost Sharing Procedure: Implementation Timeline Modification

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) recognizes the extraordinary circumstances the COVID-19 pandemic has created and its impact on District operations. To this extent, the Board approved Charter School Transportation Services Cost Charing process that was scheduled to begin in school year 2020-2021 has been delayed. The process was developed as a method for determining transportation fees in the event a Charter school seeks to utilize District provided pupil transportation services.  The revised timeline shall begin in school year 2021-22 with the transportation fee payment percentage at 1/3 of the total fee. Year two services will be charged at 2/3 of the total fee with year three services at the full fee cost. All other aspects of Charter School Transportation Services Cost Sharing process/methodology remain unchanged.

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Substitute Employee Services Contract Approved

The Board approved the award of RFP 21-37 Substitute Employee Services (Annual Contract) to the firm of ESS Southeast, LLC for an initial one-year period with the option to extend the contract for three (3) additional one-year periods. Estimated total annual cost for the initial one-year period is $9,000,000.

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Memorandum of Understanding Approved:  2021 Summer Therapeutic Enrichment Program of Savannah – (S.T.E.P.S.)

The Summer Therapeutic Enrichment Program of Savannah is an independent summer day-camp program serving special needs, severely and profoundly intellectually disabled students in the Chatham County area. The camp is sponsored by S.T.E.P.S., Inc., a registered non-profit organization. S.T.E.P.S. seeks to provide a four-week Summer 2021 Enrichment Camp and requires partnership support from the District. SCCPSS recognizes “S.T.E.P.S. Summer Camp" is an important community resource that offers enrichment benefits to SCCPSS students who would benefit from a summer educational enrichment offering with specialized care that is tailored to serve students with severe physical and intellectual disabilities. SCCPSS will allocate in-kind and financial resources through S.T.E.P.S. for the operation of the Summer 2021 Enrichment Camp. The in-kind contributions include the use of a facility, utilities, and transportation.

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Middle and High School Band Instruments Purchase

The Board approved the award of Bid 21-46 Middle and High School Band Instruments – One Time Purchase to Music and Arts; Columbus Percussions; Midwest Musical Instruments; Portman's Music Supercenter; Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center; and Taylor Music, Inc., for an estimated cost of $327,822.20

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Policy Adoptions:

Policy AC - School District Organization Plan (Four Year Review – Changes Recommended) Pursuant to Board Policy BDE- Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy AC and has determined a change is needed to accurately reflect the configurations of schools and measurements of annual achievement methods. It was presented for first read on April 14, 2021.

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Policy EGD – Liability Insurance (Four Year Review – Changes Recommended) Pursuant to Board Policy BDE- Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy EGD – Liability Insurance. Changes have been made to update the names of the responsible parties within Board policy and to clarify the actions of the District. This policy change was presented for first read on April 14, 2021.

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Policy EGB – Student Insurance Program (Four Year Review – No Change Recommended) Pursuant to Board Policy BDE- Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy and has determined no changes are needed for this policy.

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Policy CN Administrative Records (Four Year Review – No Changes) Pursuant to Board Policy BDE- Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy CN Administrative Records. No changes are recommended.

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ESPLOST Updates

Georgia Power Contract – LED Lighting for Savannah High School Parking

Funding for outdoor lighting is included in the ESPLOST III budget for construction of new school facilities. Outdoor lighting is to be provided by Georgia Power in conjunction with providing electric power for stadium use. For the new parking lot at Savannah High School, which is being constructed along with the stadium, Georgia Power has proposed furnishing and installing a new LED lighting system for a lump sum Contract Price of $113,009.  The Board approved this work to be completed under the Master Agreement for Energy-Related Equipment Sale and Installation between GPC and SCCPSS.

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New Local Facilities Plan Resolution Approved

Under Georgia law, school districts are required to complete a comprehensive educational facilities survey and submit a new facility plan to the Department of Education for approval every 5 years. The District's current local facilities plan will expire on June 30, 2021. The 5-year Local Facilities Plan for the period July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2026 has been completed in accordance with the State mandated procedures. The plan identifies all needs to safely house students in an atmosphere that supports the instructional programs of the District. In addition, the plan includes the priority order of school projects. The Board adopted a resolution to approve the new 5-year local facilities plan and request that it be submitted to the State Board of Education for approval.

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Upcoming Meetings

BOARD ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE COMMITTEE MEETING

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 3:30 PM

Whitney Administrative Complex - Building G

2 Laura Avenue

​BOARD PUBLIC HEARING ON BUDGET

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – 6:00pm

Whitney Administrative Complex - Building G

2 Laura Avenue

 

 



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