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School Council

What is 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:

  • 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:

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

Arcado School Council Members

  • Dr. Paula Thompson
  • Rachel Ulrich, co-chairperson
  • Sophia Jetpuri, co-chairperson

School Council meetings are public and can be attended by any Arcado parent.

School Council Meeting Dates: