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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. 

Barnwell 2022 Strat Plan.final.pdf


Request for Flexibility Waivers

Approved RFF (2015-2022):

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. 

Approved RFF's (2018-2022):

1. TAG Class-size waiver and Fulton County TAG Resource Model waiver to create Intervention/Enrichment Block. 

Our School Leadership Team has recommended we create an alternate schedule next year to better align our support services (ESOL, EIP, TAG) for students in all grades. To do this, we will create an Intervention/Enrichment (I/E) block of time for each grade level throughout the day (similar to our "Specials" schedule). Students that qualify for these services will receive them during this block of time each day. This change mainly impacts our TAG students, as with this schedule students will attend TAG daily (during the I/E block) instead of one day per week.

Our Leadership Team voted unanimously to implement this approach as we believe it will streamline our support services and allow teachers to provide continuous instruction throughout the week (currently teachers do not provide new instruction on TAG days). The RFF is only needed in case we need to go over the maximum class size for TAG in our I/E block. While we are moving forward with the RFF as a precaution, we do not expect this to be needed next year as we currently have less than 40 TAG students in our highest grade (rising 5th) and with two teachers we are well below the maximum class size allowed (the current TAG maximum class size is 23 students per class, while the current regular education class size maximum is 33 students per class).​ 

Addiionally, while the county recommends schools use the Resource Model for TAG instruction (one day a week in elementary) it is not mandated. Regardless of the TAG delivery method students in K-3rd grade must be served for 225 minutes a week and students in 4th-5th grade must be served for 250 minutes each week. 

Vist Barnwell RFF for complete RFF. 

2. Class-size waiver in Art, Music and PE to allow budget flexibility of itinerant positions.

For the last two years Barnwell has employed flexibility with the itinerant Art, Music and PE positions earned from Fulton County. Instead of having itinerant teachers come to Barnwell one or two days each week, we have "traded in" these positions and purchased a Professional Learning Coach. This creative use of resources ensured that students are able to attend a specials class each day, while also providing teachers with a daily common planning period and instructional support.  This year, Fulton County is requiring all schools interested in this budget flexibility to proceed through the RFF process.

We are again requesting this flexibility in trading in our itinerant Art, Music and PE positions to purchase an additional 5th grade teacher to effectively lower class size (from 30 to 24 students in each class). While we do not expect to exceed the state maximum of 33 students in Art or Music classes, this model does increase the amount of students slightly in grades that will have 6 or more teachers. For next year, this will only impact our 1st, 3rd and possibly Kindergarten classes. In 1st and 3rd we expect to have 24 students attend Art/Music/STEM each day (48 in PE) while in Kindergarten we expect to have 22 students attend Art/Music/STEM (44 in PE).  These expected numbers (24 and 22 students) are well below the maximum limit (33). 

Visit ​RFF 2 Class Size waiver for Art, Music and PE for complete RFF.

Superintendent Approval letter for both RFF's is available here: Barnwell RFF Approval Letter_2018. ​

Council Members

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

2019-2020 Barnwell Elementary SGC Members
NeuhausM@fultonschools.orgMartin Neuhaus​Principal​N/A
boltm@fultonschools.orgMichelle Bolt

2-Year ​Elected Parent​June 30, 2020

Savannah McGrath
Vice Chair

​2-Year Appointed Staff

​June 30, 2020


​Karla Lazzari



​2-Year Elected Parent

​June 30, 2021


Kristy Dell'Orto

​2-Year Elected Parent

​June 30, 2021

​Samantha Weaver2-Year Elected Teacher​June 30, 2020


Tomario Rowe,

​2-Year Appointed Community

​June 30, 2020

NelsonJ6@fultonschools.org      Jessica Nelson                             2-Year Elected       June 30, 2021



Townsenda@fultonschools.org   Allison Townsend                       2-Year                     June 30, 2021                                                                                                                      Appointed Staff  


Volkov@fultonschools.org         Nik Volkov                                      2-Year                     June 30, 2021

                                                                                                                  Appointed Community

​Budget & Finance Committee - Nik Volkov (Chair), Martin Neuhaus, Jessica Nelson, and Tomario Rowe

Outreach & Communications Committee - Karla Lazzari  (Chair), Savannah McGrath, Samantha Weaver, Kristy Dell'Orto, Michelle Bolt, and Allison Townsend

All SGC Meetings will be from
 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM at Barnwell ES
 2019-20 Meeting
Friday, August 6, 2019
Friday, September 20, 2019
Friday, October 18, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
Friday, January 17, 2020
Friday, February 28, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020
Friday, May 15, 2020
*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.

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