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School Governance Council Elections


WBMS School Governance Council voting will occur March 22-28, 2017.  Voting will be easy!  Parents no longer need Home Access codes!  Parents and teachers will receive an email with a voting link.

Parent Candidates (One Nomination)

  • Baileigh Allen
    I am a mother of three, actively involved in their classrooms and otherwise.  I am also a full-time professional and understand the rigor required of young adults regarding preparing them to be productive members of society; be it social skills, understanding the value of both responsibility/accountability and the value of team work.  I encourage innovative thinking and creativity rooted in technology and an independence children can only find in projects they undertake when doing it themselves.
    I find myself surrounded by a very lovely but very ambitious and competitive group of parents who, while they desire the best for their children, will seemingly take on their special projects at all cost.  If a project is completed by the parent, there is certainly some merit in bonding time, but where is the actual true gift of learning for the child?  And what about those children whose parents take a completely different approach that is much more hands-off?  What becomes of those children who actually truly do the work themselves but present in true middle school fashion?  I simply believe there's a balance; and this must, and should, be addressed. 

Also, as a parent of a special needs child, I also believe I truly understand the needs of this population.  Listen, seek to understand and advocate accordingly.

I hope to have a clear and distinctive voice and balance in being a voice of the needs of parents of Webb Bridge.

Teacher Candidates (Four Nominations)

  • Christian Bernhardt
    Prior to becoming an educator, I worked in the limousine/private livery industry and was able to serve on the SGC for two Fulton County schools as a community representative.  Therefore, I have experience with the expectations of members of that group.  When I was hired with FCS, I worked as a school bus driver, then a driver instructor, and eventual became a transportation supervisor.  In that position I became very familiar with many members of the system's administration both at schools and centrally.  I also became with familiar with the operations that are necessary to support the education that is happening in our schools.  Now that I am a teacher, I can examine issues from multiple perspectives.  I can advocate for my fellow teachers and students using my experiences from both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Yvette Clemmons
    I am Yvette Clemmons, and I currently serve as an 8th grade math teacher here at Webb Bridge Middle School.  I have been a general education math teacher for over ten years, and I have taught students in grades 6-10.
    I hold a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and a Master's of Business Administration; I used both of these degrees while working in a Fortune 500 manufacturing company for over eight years.  My love for numbers, learning, and helping children ended up leading me toward a career change into public education.  Since then, I have earned a renewable teaching certificate in Mathematics (grades 6-12), a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and an endorsement to instruct our gifted and talented population. In addition, I am currently working towards my Teacher Leader endorsement. 
    I am seeking a teacher representative position on the School Governance Council so that I can use my experiences from both my corporate positions as well as my positions in education to help develop our school's emerging strategic plan.  I believe I am qualified for this position because of my unique ability to merge effective business with education practices that will prepare our students with the skills they need to meet world-class standards and enter the marketplace as productive citizens.
  • Katie Pardee
    Over the past five and half years, I've had the privilege to serve a variety of roles at WBMS. For the first five years, I was a 6th grade Social Studies teacher, and taught TAG, On-Level and Team Taught classes. During this time, I also was accepted into the FCS Vanguard program, received my TAG certification, and completed my specialist degree in Instructional Technology.
    This year, I've had the pleasure to serve as the Instructional Technology Coach, Professional Learning Facilitator and a member of the Personalized Learning Leadership Team. I've also been a Jr. Beta sponsor for four and half years, and this year, became the sponsor of our WBMS Tech Squad. These roles have allowed me a unique perspective of how far we have come as a school, but have also revealed areas we could grow further. While my new role allows me to have a different perspective, I have not forgotten the day to day life of being a classroom teacher.
    My work with FCS Vanguard and the Professional Learning Facilitator at the district level, have exposed me to new ideas that I would love to bring to the School Governance Council. With the District's primary focus on Personalized Learning and transformative uses of technology, I feel that I can bring a unique perspective, both for implementation and for our Strategic Plan, that continues to support our students, teachers and community.
  • Ellen Tolliver
    In my last school I served as an active member of the Local School Advisory Counsel for two years. I very much enjoyed being able to participate in Counsel decisions and then have the ability to discuss and lead my peers with information gained at the meetings.

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 hiring of the principal (in the case of a vacancy)
e.) Provide annual feedback on principal performance

Seed Fund Grant Awarded
To support the school’s strategic plan, the WBMS School Governance Council applied for and was awarded full grants for two seed fund programs.  Slides used in the presentation to the Fulton Education Foundation which detail the plans for the two grants are attached here.  For further information, please contact a member of the school governance council.

WBMS Flexible Seat Time for Advisory Proposal 2015-2016
WBMS Seed Fund Final Application 2015-2016 - Bridging Our Gaps:  Empowering Learners and Leaders
WBMS Request for Flexibility (RFF) Approval 2015-2016

Webb Bridge Seed Fund Presentation February 22, 2015

​Webb Bridge’s School Governance Council welcomes feedback related to the school strategic plan and implementation of related programs.  You may contact any council member in person or via email (below).  Public Comment time is also allocated at the beginning of each regularly-scheduled SGC meeting. The protocol for requesting a two-minute time slot is linked here.


Strategic Plan

​ ​ ​School Governance Council members

Kimberly Koopman
Parent Koopman@fultonschools.org
Nathan Amrine
(Vice Chairperson)
Term expires 6/2017
Appointed Teacher MemberAmrine@fultonschools.org
Katherine Ramp
Appointed Teacher Memberramp@fultonschools.org
​Carmen Hurst
Term Expires 6/2017
​Elected Staff Memberhurstc@fultonschools.org
​Susan Opferman​Principalopferman@fultonschools.org
Jana Bernhardt​Elected Staff Memberbernhardtj@fultonschools.org
Rajesh (Raj) Gopalaswamy
Term expires 6/2017
Elected ​ParentGopalaswamyr@fultonschools.org
​Shari Schwalbe
(Communications & Outreach)
​Elected ParentSchwalbe@fultonschools.org
Whitney Cresci
Term Expires 6/2017
​Appointed Community MemberCresciW@fultonschools.org

​Suk Lee
Term Expires 6/2017

​Elected ParentLeeSuk@fultonschools.org



​Meeting Location: 

  • Professional Learning Room (Rm 116)
  • All meetings will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Meeting Dates:

  • Monday, Aug. 1, 2016
  • Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 (@5:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
  • Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
  • Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
  • Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
         Budget Meeting (@7:00 a.m.)
  • Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017
         Outreach and Communications
         Committee (@1:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
  • Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
  • Monday, Mar. 17, 2017
  • Friday, Apr. 14, 2017
  • Friday, May 5, 2017
expand Meeting Date : 5/24/2017 ‎(2)
expand Meeting Date : 5/15/2017 ‎(1)
expand Meeting Date : 5/5/2017 ‎(2)
expand Meeting Date : 4/14/2017 ‎(1)
expand Meeting Date : 3/17/2017 ‎(1)
expand Meeting Date : 2/24/2017 ‎(3)
expand Meeting Date : 2/10/2017 ‎(2)
expand Meeting Date : 1/27/2017 ‎(1)
expand Meeting Date : 1/13/2017 ‎(2)
expand Meeting Date : 1/5/2017 ‎(3)
expand Meeting Date : 12/2/2016 ‎(4)
expand Meeting Date : 11/4/2016 ‎(3)
expand Meeting Date : 10/14/2016 ‎(3)
expand Meeting Date : 9/23/2016 ‎(3)
expand Meeting Date : 9/9/2016 ‎(3)
expand Meeting Date : 8/23/2016 ‎(2)
expand Meeting Date : 8/1/2016 ‎(2)
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