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School council members to be elected this month
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School council elections
The parent election meetings will be held at the individual schools according to the following schedule
Blandford Elementary    Aug. 26    8 a.m.    Adm. Conf. Room
Ebenezer Elementary    Aug. 23    6 p.m.    School Media Center
Guyton Elementary     Aug. 26    8:30 a.m.    School  Media Center
Marlow Elementary    Aug. 24    6 p.m.    Front Conf. Room
Rincon Elementary    Aug. 30    5 p.m.    School Cafeteria
Sand Hill Elementary    Aug. 30    9 a.m.    School Cafeteria
South Eff. Elementary    Aug. 25    6 p.m.    School Cafeteria  
Springfield Elementary    Aug. 24    6 p.m.    School Gym
Ebenezer Middle    Aug. 26    6 p.m.    School Cafeteria
Effingham County Middle    Aug. 30    6:30 p.m.    School Lecture Hall
South Effingham Middle    Aug. 26    4:30 p.m.    School Cafeteria
Effingham County High    Aug. 23    6 p.m.    School Media Center
South Effingham High    Aug. 23    4 p.m.    School Cafeteria

The General Assembly requires that all public school systems in Georgia have school councils in place for the purposes of bringing communities and schools closer together in a spirit of cooperation to solve difficult education problems, improve academic achievement, provide support for teachers and administrators, and bring parents into the school-based decision-making process. All Effingham County Schools will hold elections for the upcoming year. Elections will be held to fill expiring terms, new terms and vacancies in unexpired terms.  

Each school council will consist of seven members. Members of the council include (1) four parents or guardians of students (excluding employees) enrolled in the school (two of whom must have a business association); (2) two certificated teachers, excluding any personnel employed in administrative positions, who are employed at least four of the six school segments at the school; and (3) the school principal. School council members will serve two-year terms, and will attend four meetings during the school year. While the school council is designed to serve as an advisory group, members will have a broad range of responsibilities and will receive specific information to assist them in executing their duties.

The selection of the teacher and parent members occurs through an election process. School administrators will work with their certified staff to elect two teacher representatives. Each school is preparing for the election of the teacher and parent members. Each school will have a meeting for parents to nominate and vote for the two parent representatives. Parents also may be nominated on the written form that will be sent home with students. The parent election meetings will be held at the individual schools according to the following schedule:

Voting for the school’s parent representatives will occur only at the school’s scheduled parent election meeting. Parents who have children enrolled at the school for the 2010-11 school year are eligible to nominate, vote for, and be elected as the school’s parent representatives. Parent representatives must be at least 18 years of age.

Schools will send meeting/election notices home to parents at the open house or with the students on the first day of school. The schools request that parents ask their children for the notices. Parent participation in this election process is encouraged. Parents should contact the school’s principal if they have questions about the school councils or the election process prior to the election meeting.