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 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.
STRATEGIC PLAN MONITORING TOOL
Upcoming SGC Elections
Mountain Park will be electing representatives to serve on the School Governance Council. We will be electing two parent/guardian positions 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 11th – March 18th.
Mountain Park Elementary School Candidate Statements (Spring 2019)
1. Allison Otting
I am a parent of a rising 5th grader and 2nd grader at MPE. I think we have an amazing sense of community in our school and I enjoy the opportunities we have to get involved. I have served on the PTA board for the past three years, have been room mom and treasurer for my children's classrooms, volunteer as a small group leader for Rise Up and a Girl Scout leader, and volunteer for various roles with the MPE Drama Team. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist who previously worked in the public schools for almost 10 years and am familiar with the issues and challenges that our schools face today. I would like to serve on our SGC to contribute and be part of a team that works on solving problems and advocates for instruction and resources that provide rich learning opportunities for all of our children.
2. Traci Hartog
With a background in Human Resources and a long history of volunteering, I possess unique and useful qualifications to serve on the School Governance Council. As a former Director of Human Resources, I've been involved in setting long-term goals for organizations as well as the creation and implementation of strategic plans. Whether it was developing a newsletter or engaged in various executive roles, I have a strong history of volunteerism within many for and not-for-profit organizations. I know what it takes to prop organizations up, push them forward and maintain that positive momentum. From the time both of my sons started preschool, I have been involved in some volunteer capacity to serve the betterment of the school. Whether it was forming a Parents Group at their preschool, serving on the Board of Education at our synagogue, or being a proud member and volunteer on the Mountain Park PTA, simply being involved in my children's education while simultaneously assisting the school to grow and flourish has been at the top of my list.
Now that my term as PTA Co-President is concluding, I believe School Governance Council is the logical next step for me. MPE is a phenomenal school, led by a principal who truly cares about the children under her stewardship. With my expertise on the Council, we can continue MPE's long-standing legacy of positive programming and leadership within the community.
My name is Sherri Beckwith and I began teaching in 1989 in Charlotte, NC. I moved to Georgia in 2007 and three of my children have been or are currently in the Fulton County (specifically, Roswell) school system. I would like to serve on the School Governance Council because I think it's important, both as a resident and as an educator, to be involved in important decisions like school budgets and leadership choices. I want to do my part to help drive innovative solutions to some of the challenging issues our schools are facing today.
Request For Flexibility
MPE is seeking a Request for Flexibility for grading in science and social studies to give us the ability to have a semester course for students, meaning some students might have a semester of science and then a semester of social studies. We are seeking public comment, which can be emailed to Lia Bertelson, School Governance Council Chair, email@example.com.
A public comment opportunity will also be provided at our next School Governance Council meeting to be held at 7:30 AM Friday, February 8th and February 22nd, in the principal's office.
Requests for Flexibility: APPROVED
Mountain Park’s School Governance Council proposed to renew our Requests for Flexibility or RFFs for 2017-2018. The RFF proposals were public documents describing a school’s requested waiver(s) from district and/or state law or policy in order to implement a strategic effort within the school. Please see the linked slide to view the Strategic Plan Initiatives and how the proposed RFFs support that work. All of our Requests for Flexibility for 2017-2018 were approved.
2013 RFF Documents:
Mountain Park Elementary School - Strategic Plan 2013.pdf Request for Flexibility Approval Letter
Course Plan for Release Days.pdf
Release Days for Professional Learning Initiative Action Plan.pdf
RFF Full Day Release.pdf
RFF Schoolwide Enrichment Model.pdf
Schoolwide Enrichment Initiative Action Plan.pdf
Please Note: The Mountain Park ES School Governance Council welcomes and encourages
citizens to attend its meetings to become better acquainted with the
programs of Mountain Park
Elementary School and the role of the School
Governance Council. The meetings are open
to the public, but are not
public meetings. Citizens are welcome to attend the meetings, but
refrain from interrupting or distracting the Council proceedings. For
those of you wishing to provide comments, there is 20-minute time frame
allotted on the agenda. The sign-up sheet will be by the door. Each
member of the public will have 2 minutes to speak at which time we will
ask you to have a seat to allow others to speak. The Public Comment
period is designed to gain input from the public and not for immediate
responses by the Council to the public comments presented.
At the end of
the 20 minutes we will close public comment and move on to the next
If there are questions or information that you have for the
Council, you may also contact one or more of the Council members after
Please contact council members below, with issues and/or questions:
Member/Role Email Position/Term Expires
Yanique Michaud- Chair
All meetings will be held in the Principal's Conference Room at 7:30 a.m.
Resources:SGC Guidance School Governance Council Handbook
August 31, 2018
September 28, 2018
October 26, 2018
November 30, 2018
January 25, 2019
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February 22, 2019
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June 7, 2019