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Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, Georgia

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Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
Chatham County, Georgia
Savannah Chatham County Public Schools logo.JPG
District Profile
Superintendent:Thomas B. Lockamy
Enrollment:35,842[1]
Graduation rate:69.8 percent[2]
Number of schools:53
Budget: $473.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Joe Buck
Board members:9
Term length:4
Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is a school district in Georgia that served 35,842 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] The district's graduation rate jumped from 54.4 percent during the 2010-2011 school year to 69.8 percent during the 2012-2013 school year.[2]

About the district

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is located in Chatham County, Georgia
Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is located in Chatham County, Georgia. The county seat of Chatham County is Savannah, Georgia. Chatham County is home to 278,434 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is the 10th-largest school district in Georgia.

Demographics

Chatham County outperformed the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 30.3 percent of Chatham County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Chatham County was $45,653 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Chatham County was 18.9 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Chatham County (%) Georgia (%)
White 54.7 62.8
Black or African American 40.2 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 2.6 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.9 9.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is Thomas B. Lockamy as of June 20, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2005. Lockamy previously served as deputy superintendent with Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia from 1997 to 2005.[5]

School board

The Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. Eight members are elected to specific geographic districts while the ninth member is elected as board president. Each school board district aligns with member districts for the Chatham County Commission.[6]

Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Joe Buck Board President 2014
Julie M. Wade 1 2016
Dionne L. Hoskins 2 2016
Cornelia H. Hall 3 2016
Shawn A. Kachmar 4 2014
Irene G. Hines 5 2014
Larry Lower 6 2014
Jennifer B. Lambeth 7 2016
Ruby D. Jones 8 2014

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School board elections

See also: Savannah-Chatham County Public School System elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats were up for election on May 20, 2014. Four seats will be on the ballot in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2010:

Citizens are encouraged to address items on the Board Agenda or to initiate presentations of issues appropriate to Board consideration. The Board meeting is not the appropriate place to review individual employee performance or individual parent complaints that have not been addressed by the principal or Superintendent. Statements or comments to the Board must be matters of general policy over which the Board has jurisdiction. Citizens are encouraged to follow the appropriate policy and administrative regulations to address such problems.

Addressing an Item on the Agenda
A person or group who wishes to address the school Board about an item on the agenda will be allowed to make comments when recognized by the presiding officer, as follows:

a. Comments must be confined to the agenda item. b. Five minutes shall be the general limit for comments; however, the presiding officer may establish a different time with approval of the Board.

Public-Initiated Issues
Citizen-initiated presentations to the school Board shall address major policy questions, matters appropriate for consideration by the school Board, or the effective functioning of the performance of the system, as follows:

a. Citizen-initiated presentations require a written request to the Superintendent or Board President from the person or group wishing to address the Board. In order to allow the Board Office to develop an agenda for each Board meeting, the written request must be received by noon of Thursday prior to the Board meeting.

b. Prior to presentation, a written summary of the issue or viewpoint to be presented, including copies of any materials to be used in the presentation, must be provided in time for Board agenda distribution, so appropriate staff may be present or pertinent material collected and prepared. This requires that the written summary be provided by noon of the Thursday prior to the Board meeting.

c. Unless the written request and the written summary are received in the Board Office by noon of the Thursday prior to the Board meeting, the presentation will not be placed on the agenda.

d. Citizen-initiated presentations shall be limited to no more than three at any one Board meeting. Priority will be given to citizen-initiated requests based on the order in which they are received in the Board Office.

e. Five minutes shall be the general limit for a citizen-initiated presentation; however, the presiding officer may establish a different time with approval of the Board.

This policy addresses participation at all public Board meetings.

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—Savannah-Chatham County Public School System's website, (2014), [8]

Budget

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System publishes its annual budget on its website.[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $291,859,934 61.6% $55,056,924 11.6% $117,982,855 24.9% $0 0% $8,742,166 1.8% $473,641,879
Averages: $291,859,934 62% $55,056,924 12% $117,982,855 25% $0 0% $8,742,166 2% $473,641,879

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Savannah-Chatham County Public School System are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2012-2013 school year:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Provisional certificate + Bachelors 32,918 33,823
Professional certificate + Bachelors 35,831 53,854
Provisional certificate + Masters 37,463 57,367
Professional certificate + Masters 39,938 61,879
Professional certificate + Specialist 44,840 69,693
Professional certificate + Doctorate 49,715 77,352

Schools in Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Enrollment

The district served 35,842 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 5.2 percent increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 34,058 -
2008-2009 33,994 -0.2
2009-2010 34,668 2.0
2010-2011 35,246 1.7
2011-2012 35,842 1.7

District schools

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System operates 53 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
Beach High School
Bloomingdale Elementary
Brock Elementary
Butler Elementary
Charles Ellis Montessori
Coastal Empire Montessori
Coastal Middle School
DeRenne Middle School
East Broad ST. K-8 School
Esther F. Garrison School of Visual & Performing Arts
Gadsden Elementary
Garden City Elementary
Georgetown K-8 School
Godley Station K-8 School
Gould Elementary
Groves High School
Haven Elementary
Heard Elementary
Hesse K-8 School
Hodge Elementary
Howard Elementary
Hubert Middle School
Islands High School
Isle of Hope K-8 School
Jenkins High School
Johnson High School
Largo-Tibet Elementary
Liberal Studies at Savannah High
Low Elementary
Marshpoint Elementary
Mercer Middle School
Myers Middle School
New Hampstead High
Oglethorpe Charter School
Pooler Elementary
Port Wentworth Elementary
Pulaski Elementary
Savannah Arts Academy
Savannah Classical Academy
Shuman Elementary
Smith Elementary
Southwest Elementary
Southwest Middle School
Spencer Elementary
STEM Academy at Bartlett
Thunderbolt Elementary
Tybee Maritime Academy
West Chatham Elementary
West Chatham Middle School
White Bluff Elementary
Windsor Forest Elementary
Windsor Forest High
Woodville Tompkins High

Academic performance

The Georgia Department of Education administers annual tests to students in grades three through eight called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. The CRCTs are designed to measure progress by students in topics covered by the Common Core State Standards. A student meets state proficiency goals with a score of 800 and exceeds state proficiency goals with a score of 850 or higher. The following tables detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency levels on the CRCTs from 2010 through 2013:[12][13]

CRCT Reading Scores, 2010-2013[13]
Grade School Year District meets/exceeds standard (%) State meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 2010 88 90
3 2011 87 91
3 2012 88 91
3 2013 92 92
4 2010 86 89
4 2011 84 88
4 2012 90 90
4 2013 90 93
5 2010 86 90
5 2011 87 91
5 2012 89 91
5 2013 93 93
6 2010 85 91
6 2011 91 94
6 2012 94 96
6 2013 95 96
7 2010 82 89
7 2011 83 91
7 2012 93 94
7 2013 92 95
8 2010 92 95
8 2011 95 96
8 2012 93 96
8 2013 97 97
CRCT ELA Scores, 2010-2013[13]
Grade School Year District meets/exceeds standard (%) State meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 2010 85 88
3 2011 86 89
3 2012 88 91
3 2013 86 88
4 2010 84 88
4 2011 84 88
4 2012 89 91
4 2013 87 90
5 2010 89 92
5 2011 91 93
5 2012 93 94
5 2013 94 94
6 2010 87 92
6 2011 88 91
6 2012 87 92
6 2013 90 92
7 2010 87 92
7 2011 88 93
7 2012 92 93
7 2013 90 93
8 2010 89 92
8 2011 90 93
8 2012 92 95
8 2013 92 94
CRCT Math Scores, 2010-2013[13]
Grade School Year District meets/exceeds standard (%) State meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 2010 73 80
3 2011 73 81
3 2012 71 81
3 2013 69 79
4 2010 68 77
4 2011 74 81
4 2012 71 80
4 2013 76 84
5 2010 75 82
5 2011 83 87
5 2012 78 84
5 2013 85 90
6 2010 63 75
6 2011 66 76
6 2012 69 80
6 2013 76 83
7 2010 76 85
7 2011 82 89
7 2012 88 91
7 2013 82 90
8 2010 60 74
8 2011 66 78
8 2012 62 77
8 2013 74 83

CRCT Social Studies Scores, 2010-2013[13]
Grade School Year District meets/exceeds standard (%) State meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 2010 76 79
3 2011 77 81
3 2012 75 81
3 2013 78 83
4 2010 65 74
4 2011 66 77
4 2012 68 78
4 2013 72 81
5 2010 61 71
5 2011 61 71
5 2012 66 77
5 2013 71 81
6 2010 48 64
6 2011 58 72
6 2012 59 73
6 2013 63 78
7 2010 58 71
7 2011 60 75
7 2012 64 78
7 2013 67 83
8 2010 58 70
8 2011 57 73
8 2012 62 77
8 2013 65 78
CRCT Science Scores, 2010-2013[13]
Grade School Year District meets/exceeds standard (%) State meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 2010 73 80
3 2011 74 80
3 2012 70 78
3 2013 72 78
4 2010 70 79
4 2011 70 79
4 2012 72 81
4 2013 73 83
5 2010 69 77
5 2011 69 77
5 2012 69 78
5 2013 71 80
6 2010 54 70
6 2011 56 71
6 2012 53 73
6 2013 58 74
7 2010 66 80
7 2011 68 82
7 2012 76 85
7 2013 74 85
8 2010 44 65
8 2011 47 67
8 2012 57 74
8 2013 58 74

Issues

Bus driver protests

Bus drivers working for Savannah-Chatham County Public School System protested in early May 2014 for annual contracts and benefits. The protesters demonstrated at a school board meeting in the first week of May 2014 and the First Student bus operations office on May 14, 2014. First Student is a private bus company that has a contract with the district. Requests for year-round contracts and benefits stem from House Bill 714, a bill passed in April 2014 by the state legislature that prohibits school district contractors from seeking unemployment benefits during school breaks. Bus drivers were employed directly by the district prior to the 2012-2013 school year and received wages during school breaks. House Bill 714 was sponsored by State Representative Mark Hamilton in order to save school districts throughout the state up to $10 million per year. The Teamsters Local 728 organized the May 2014 protests to highlight the financial impacts of the state law on 60,000 contract workers. First Student has indicated that driver wages during school breaks will be mentioned during future negotiations with the district.[14]

Contact information

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Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
208 Bull St.
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone:(912) 395-5600

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