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The purpose of the School Governance Council is to provide parents, school staff, and community members with a leadership role in the management of the school.  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 is 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 recommendations and resource allocations
​c.​)​  Manage Request for Flexibility process
​d.​)​  Participate in the hiring of the principal (in the case of a vacancy)
​e.​)​  Provide annual feedback on principal performance

 Strategic Plan

A core responsibility of the School Governance Council is to develop a three-year strategic plan for the school.  After conducting a thorough needs assessment, reviewing extensive data and talking with parents, teachers and staff, the Council developed a plan it believes will continue on Barnwell's strong tradition of excellence.  The plan includes 13 specific initiatives focusing in three specific areas.  See the below links to learn more.

Strategic Plan Narrative

Strategice Plan One-page Overview


Request for Flexibility Waiver

To further develop students' critical thinking skills and academic achievement, the Council requested a waiver to add up to three 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 STEM and project-based learning.  This waiver was approved by the county in January 2015 and will be in effect for the next three school years.

Please click on this link to read the full RFF:

The Request for Flexibility (RFF) was approved for the duration of the Strategic Plan. Click here for information about the RFF. 

Council Members

Please contact any of the Council Members below if you have specific issues or comments.

2017-2018 Barnwell Elementary SGC Members
NeuhausM@fultonschools.orgMartin Neuhaus​Principal​N/A
JohnsonAnne@fultonschools.orgAnne Johnson
2-Year ​Appointed Community​June 30, 2019

Heather Lambright,

​1-Year Appointed Staff​June 30, 2018


​Kelly Lapinskas, Chair

​2-Year Elected Parent

​June 30, 2018


Jeff Breloski​2-Year Elected Parent​June 30, 2018
hawkinsn@fultonschools.org Nikki Hawkins, Vice-Chair2-Year Elected Parent​June 30, 2019
mulders@fultonschools.org Sue Mulder2-Year Appointed Teacher​June 30, 2019
blackl1@fultonschools.orgLeslie Black2-Year Elected Staff​June 30, 2018
walkerg5@fultonschools.org ​Grace Walker2-Year Elected Teacher​June 30, 2019

Aris Mavridoglou,

​2-Year Appointed Community​June 30, 2019

Barnwell SGC roster 2017-18 for website.jpg 

All SGC Meetings will be from
 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM at Barnwell ES
 2017-18 Meeting
Friday, August 4, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
Monday, December 4, 2017
Monday, January 29, 2017
Tuesday, February 20, 2017
Monday, March 26, 2017
Monday, April 23, 2017
Monday, May 21, 2017
*PUBLIC COMMENT PROTOCOL: Each member of the public will have three minutes to speak during segment.  The Public Comment period is designed to
gain input from the public - not for immediate
responses 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.

   Meeting Docs
expand Meeting Date : 2/20/2018 ‎(1)
expand Meeting Date : 1/29/2018 ‎(2)
expand Meeting Date : 12/4/2017 ‎(3)
expand Meeting Date : 10/23/2017 ‎(3)
expand Meeting Date : 9/25/2017 ‎(3)
expand Meeting Date : 8/4/2017 ‎(3)
collapse School Year : 2016-17 ‎(28)
collapse School Year : 2015-16 ‎(30)
collapse School Year : 2014-15 ‎(34)


SGC Handbook

SGC Guidance

Barnwell SGC Committees

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