• The A+ Education Reform Act of 2000 established school councils in Georgia to “bring communities and schools closer together in a spirit of cooperation to achieve the following:

    • solve difficult education problems
    • improve academic achievement
    • provide support for teachers and administrators
    • bring parents into the school-based decision-making process

    School councils provide advice, recommendations, and assistance to principals and local boards of education. The law details the composition of the council, its responsibilities, and procedures for conducting business.

    The 2004 General Assembly in HB 1190 provided flexibility in membership, chairmanship, meetings, elections and trainings for school councils. The changes also provided clarity that school councils are to focus on student achievement and school improvement.

    The 2007 General Assembly changed the composition of school councils, requiring that a majority of members be parents (or guardians) and that at least two parents be businesspersons. At a minimum, a School Council is composed of seven members, including the following:

    • The Principal
    • Two certificated teachers elected by the teachers
    • Four parents (or guardians) elected by the parents (please list as “Parent”); two of the parents must be businesspersons
    • The school council may, within its bylaws, increase the number of members, as long as the parents remain the majority.

    Sara Harp Minter Elementary School Council Members

    Representatives serving in this capacity for the 2021-2022 school year are:

    • Parent/Business: open 21-22
    • Parent/Business:  open 21-22
    • Parent: Ms. Lynn Ann Raabe
    • Parent: Ms. Chelsea Lundberg
    • Parent: Ms. Ana Rector
    • Teacher: Ms. Vicki Bishop
    • Teacher: Ms. Gabby Fisher
    • Principal: Dr. Stacie Coppola

    Future Meetings

    Dates of 2021-2022 Sara Harp Minter Elementary School Council meetings are September 2, 2021, November 4, 2021, February 10, 2022, and April 28, 2022.

    Minutes from the meetings will be available in the front office within 20 days following the meeting. All parents are welcome to attend the monthly meetings.