SHMES School Council
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 training 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) are elected by the parents; 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.
SHMES School Council Members
Parent/Business: Ms. Anna Rector
Parent/Business: Mr. Andre Bolton
Parent: Ms. Lynn Ann Raabe
Parent: Ms. Chelsea Lundberg
Teacher: Ms. Vicki Bishop
Teacher: Ms. Kristi Soong
Principal: Dr. Stacie Coppola
September 1st, 2022November 3rd, 2022February 2nd, 2023April 13th, 2023All meetings will begin at 7:00 am in the SHMES Media Center. 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.