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Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, Georgia
|Savannah-Chatham County Public School System|
|Chatham County, Georgia|
|Superintendent:||Thomas B. Lockamy|
|Graduation rate:||69.8 percent|
|Number of schools:||53|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Joe Buck|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtChatham 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. Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is the 10th-largest school district in Georgia.
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.
|Racial Demographics, 2012|
|Race||Chatham County (%)||Georgia (%)|
|Black or African American||40.2||31.2|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.3||0.5|
|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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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.
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.
School board elections
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. 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.
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.
—Savannah-Chatham County Public School System's website, (2014), 
|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|
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:
|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
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Savannah-Chatham County Public School System operates 53 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Savannah-Chatham County Public School System|
|Beach High School|
|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|
|Garden City Elementary|
|Georgetown K-8 School|
|Godley Station K-8 School|
|Groves High School|
|Hesse K-8 School|
|Hubert Middle School|
|Islands High School|
|Isle of Hope K-8 School|
|Jenkins High School|
|Johnson High School|
|Liberal Studies at Savannah High|
|Mercer Middle School|
|Myers Middle School|
|New Hampstead High|
|Oglethorpe Charter School|
|Port Wentworth Elementary|
|Savannah Arts Academy|
|Savannah Classical Academy|
|Southwest Middle School|
|STEM Academy at Bartlett|
|Tybee Maritime Academy|
|West Chatham Elementary|
|West Chatham Middle School|
|White Bluff Elementary|
|Windsor Forest Elementary|
|Windsor Forest High|
|Woodville Tompkins High|
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:
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.
- List of school districts in Georgia
- Savannah-Chatham County Public School System elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
- City of Savannah
- Chatham County, Georgia
- Georgia Department of Education
- Georgia School Boards Association
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 20, 2014
- Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, "Objective D: Graduation Rate," accessed June 20, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Chatham County, Georgia," accessed May 13, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, "About the Superintendent," accessed June 20, 2014
- Chatham County, "Commission Districts," accessed June 20, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, "Public Participation in Board Meetings," January 19, 2010
- Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, "Fiscal Year 2014 Adopted Budget," accessed December 5, 2013
- Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, "Fiscal Year 2015 Adopted Budget," accessed December 11, 2014
- Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, "FY 2013 Teacher Salary Scale," July 1, 2012
- Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, "Schools," accessed June 20, 2014
- Georgia Department of Education, "Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)," accessed June 20, 2014
- Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, "Executive Summary," accessed June 20, 2014
- Savannah Morning News, "Savannah-Chatham school bus drivers demand year-round pay," May 14, 2014