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It's School Governance Election Time!

It’s time for our School Governance Council elections! We will be electing one parent/guardian position and one teacher position for our spring election.  Our School Governance Council has a leadership role in the governance of the school. The Council works with the principal in setting the long-term vision and strategy for the school. They are responsible for approving the school’s strategic plan and budget recommendations, as well as designing innovative solutions to increase academic achievement and meet the unique needs of our school community.


Elections for the parent/guardian and teacher positions on the School Governance Council will be held March 19th-March 23rd.



1.    Silverio, M.jpg   

My background is in financial services, the compliance and supervision over many advisiors. I am a certified managerial coach; I believe my experiences and that I have two children at Alpharetta elementary make me a good candidate to serve on the School Governance Council.


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My family moved to Alpharetta this past summer, and we are so happy to have found AES!  We value the diversity, academic achievement, and community feeling at AES, and we celebrate the accomplishments of the teachers and students!  I would love to help continue the great forward motion of this school by serving on the SGC.  Prior to moving to Alpharetta, I taught elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee for 9 years.  Most of those years were spent teaching first grade, and I also taught second and fourth grades.  In addition, I am a certified Reading Specialist.  While teaching, I served as Grade Level Chair, Mentor Teacher, and School Improvement Plan Team Member.  My background makes me uniquely qualified to serve on the SGC as a parent who has also spent years as an educator.  Having the perspective of both parent and teacher, I will be able to help identify needs in our school community, help identify the things that will support teachers and students in achieving excellence, and help make educationally sound decisions that are also in the best interest of our kids.  Since becoming part of the AES community, I have been co-room mom, library volunteer, and PTO member and volunteer. With a child in first grade and another child who is 3, my family will be part of the AES community for years to come, and we have a vested interest in the success of the school.  I am running to be part of SGC because I want to have an active voice and positively impact all students at AES. 


3.  Phelan.jpg    Laura Phelan

I have served on the SGC for the past two years, first as chair of the Outreach and Communication committee and currently as the chair of the council overall. In addition, I am a freelance writer and serve as an elder on the youth council at my church.

My family has been a part of AES since 2012. Both of my children, in 4th and 2nd grade, are current students. We are proud residents of the city of Alpharetta and thus committed to our school that sits at the heart of the community.

My reason for serving on the SGC is to promote the overall well-being of the students at AES, academically, socially, and emotionally, and to support our amazing staff and teachers.

​I am running for a 2nd term because we have spent this past year working on our 5-year strategic plan and I would like to stay on as chair to see the launch of this plan through its initial stages. I have also spent the past year building valuable bridges between our council and the greater school community that I would like to continue to strengthen.



  1. SaundersE.jpgElle Saunders 
I am interested in serving on the School Governance Council for a number of reasons. For one, I would love to provide a voice for Alpharetta Elementary. I want to continue to drive our school in the direction that benefits all students. I also would love to serve on SGC to be active in implementing new ideas and sharing those ideas with others.  I am currently in my first year at Alpharetta Elementary, but I feel as if I have gained an immense amount of knowledge about our school over the past few months. Because I teach TAG, I have the opportunity to work with various grade levels. With that being said, I am meeting with and I'm in contact with many different students, parents, and staff members throughout the week.  I believe that I would be a great addition to the School Governance Council because of my collaboration skills, my organization, and my motivation. I would love to be able to give my input on what is best for our school. 


For additional information click the link below.

  SGC Elections Video​



The purpose of the School Governance Council is to provide parents, school staff, and community members with a leadership role in the management of thchool.  The School Governance Council is a governing body that is representative of the community and the school, but operates under the control and management of the Board of Education.  The Council iw responsible for making decisions regarding the strategic direction of the school including:

a)  Approve the school Strategic plan and updates
b)  Approve the annual budget and annual resource allocations
c)  Manage the Request for Flexibility process
d)  Participate in hiring the principal (in the case of a vacancy)
e)  Provide annual feedback on principal performance

Regulations and Guidance


School Governance Council Handbook 

School Governance Council Guidance

Universal Flexibility and Process 


Request for Flexibility Waiver


To further develop students' critical thinking skills and academic achievement, the Council requested a waiver to add up to two additional teacher professional development days to the school calendar. This will allow teachers to engage in effective learning in critical areas of the curriculum, including project-based learning.  This waiver was approved by the county in 2015-2016 and will be in effect for the next three school years. 

Alpharetta ES RFF Proposal 2016-2017 
Request for Flexibilities Proposal 2015-2016 - Full Release Days 2016-2017


Public Comment/Response to Continuation of Student Release Days.
Comment Window Open Until December 8, 2016

We welcome public comment on our proposal for continuation of two student release days for next year to address the professional development needs of the faculty.  The proposed dates are October 5, 2017 and February 15, 2018.  In order to leave feedback, please respond in an email to e024sgc.fultonschools.org.



2017-2018 Alpharetta Elementary SGC Members

Please contact Council Members below with issues and/or questions:

NameEmail AddressPosition/TermTerm Expires
​Coretta Stewart, Principal


​Principal - ongoing​N/A
​Jeremy MayerMayerJ1@fultonschools.org​2-yr Elected Parent​June 30, 2019
​Laura Phelan,
phelan@fultonschools.org  ​2-Yr Elected Parent​June 30, 2018
​Trish Urquhart,
Vice Chair
urquhart@fultonschools.org2-Yr Elected Teacher​June 30, 2019​
​Melanie Morgan, Parliamentarianmorgan@fultonschools.org​2-Yr Elected TeacherJune 30, 2018
​Nekeidra FrederickfrederickN@fultonschools.org​​2-Yr Elected Parent​June 30, 2019
​Kathleen Stamperstamperk@fultonschools.org​2-Yr Appointed School-based Employee​June 30, 2019
​Jana Simssimsj2@fultonschools.org​2-Yr Appointed School-based Employee​June 30, 2018
Mike PerryperryM1@fultonschools.org 2-Yr ​Community RepresentativeJune 30, 2018
​Dr. Mike Leach​2-Yr Community RepresentativeJune 30, 2019



Strategic Plan


AES Strategic Plan Implementation Road Map Update

Strategic Plan Overview SY 2015-16 - SY 2017-18

Strategic Plan SY2015-16 - SY 2017-18    


Meeting Dates & Locations

​Next Meeting:

Apr. 26, 2018 in Front Office Conference Room

Upcoming Meetings
Apr. 26, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
May 17, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

Public Comment 

To speak during a meeting, please send an email to e024sgc@fultonschools.org  or sign up at the front office. 

*PUBLIC COMMENT PROTOCOL: Each member of the public will have three minutes to speak during segment.  The Public Comment period is designed togain input from the public - not for immediateresponses from the Council to public comments presented.  Public Comments is not the only means for providing input.  Emails to the council members via FCS email is strongly encouraged.


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