Many South GA parents to advise state super

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge named parents from all over Georgia to serve on his 2014-15 Parent Advisory Council (PAC). As members of the council, these parents will meet three times this year with the Superintendent to discuss education issues in Georgia. Their primary focus will be increasing parent and family engagement to ensure student success, particularly in Georgia's Title I schools.

"I am looking forward to getting to know these parent advisors and discussing how our policies affect their children on a daily basis," Superintendent Barge said. "Increasing parent engagement is critical to ensuring student success, and hearing directly from parents is the best way to ensure their children get what they need to be successful after high school.”

The meetings will allow parents to provide feedback and input on new policies, projects, and materials that influence students and their families. The Superintendent's PAC will share the information they learn with community members, other families and schools. They will also serve as advisors and ambassadors in their respective communities.

Parents are nominated to serve on the PAC by their local school districts at the beginning of each school year. Members are chosen by a committee of Georgia Department of Education representatives based on the applicant's response to questions. Each member serves a two-year term on the council.Six members of the council are winners of Georgia Parent Leadership Awards, and all winners of that award are honorary members of the Parent Advisory Council.

The council also includes six members from educational organizations in the state, including Georgia PTA, Communities in Schools of Georgia, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Parent to Parent of Georgia, United Way of Greater Atlanta and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

The first meeting, on October 20th, will have the PAC members joining the State School Superintendent, First Lady Sandra Deal and other state organizational leaders for a Parent Engagement Month Kick-Off Celebration at the State Capitol.

Here are the South Georgia parents on the board-

Terrilyn Ball
Valdosta City Schools
Amy B. Bryant
Crisp County Schools
LaTonja Dotson
Terrell County Schools
Amber Gibson
Stewart County Schools
Kelly Golden
Tift County Schools
Joseph Hennesy, III
Coffee County Schools
Theresa Holzknecht
Miller County Schools
Susie Howard
Randolph County Schools
Jenny Poitevint
Pelham City Schools
Leah Smith
Thomas County Schools
Sheila R. Thomas
Dougherty County Schools
Jeneverlyn Tookes
Macon County Schools

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