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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 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 - MPE.xlsx

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.




  1. Sherry Beckwith

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, bertelson@fultonschools.org.

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.

To review the Grading RFF: Grading RFF.pdf

To view our strategic plan: MPES Strategic Plan 2022

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
must 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 agenda item.
If there are questions or information that you have for the Council, you may also contact one or more of the Council members after this meeting. ​

Council Members

Please contact council members below, with issues and/or questions:

Member/Role                    Email                           Position/Term             Expires

​Stacy Perlmanperlman@fultonschools.org​Principal-ongoing

​Renisha Smith,




​ 2 yr.-Appointed Staff
​June 2020
​Yanique Michaud
michaudy@fultonschools.org  ​2 yr.-Appointed Staff
​June 2019
​Jim Marshall



2 yr.-​Community Member
​June 2019
Tiffany Barnesbarnest2@fultonschools.org 2 yr.-Elected Teacher​June 2019
Rima Granadosgranados@fultonschools.org2 yr.-Elected Teacher ​June 2020​

​Lia Bertelson,


bertelson@fultonschools.org 2 yr.-Elected Parent​June 
Bonnie Braine​​braineb@fultonschools.org
2 yr.-​Elected Parent​June 2019

​Ted Williams,

Vice Chairperson

2 yr.-​Elected Parent​​​June 2019
Jaque Digieso​


2 yr.-Community MemberJune 2020





​Bonnie Braine-chair

Yanique Michaud- Chair

​Rima Granados

Renisha Smith

​Lia Bertelson

Ted Williams

​Jaque Digieso

​Tiffany Barnes

Jim Marshall

Ad Hoc

​Tiffany Barnes

​Yanique Michaud

​Lia Bertelson


Meeting Dates:

All meetings will be held in the Principal's Conference Room at 7:30 a.m. 

  • August 31, 2018

  • September 28, 2018

  • October 26, 2018

  • November 30, 2018

  • January 25, 2019

  • February 8, 2019

  • February 22, 2019

  • March 29, 2019

  • May 3, 2019

  • June 7, 2019

SGC Guidance
School Governance Council Handbook


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