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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 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 ​

SBCE Strategic Plan Monitoring Tool

Approved Request for Flexibility 

SGC Elections

SGC Candidate Guide




SBCE will be electing representatives to serve on the School Governance Council.  We will be electing parent/guardian positions and teacher positions 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.

  1. SGC Candidate form- Parents
  2. SGC Candidate form- Teachers
  3. SGC Candidate Guide
  4. SGC Spring Elections Timeline
  5. SGC Elections Workplan

Position & ​Declaration
​Jill Francis 

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Parent Position
It is with great enthusiasm that I am pursuing the opportunity to serve as a parent representative on the School Governance Council.

I currently have a 13 year old step-daughter at Autry Mill Middle School, an 8 y/o son at State Bridge and a rising 5 y/o Bobcat. The haze of pre-school age parenting has lifted a bit and I find myself becoming more interested in contributing to our school in a way that more closely fits with my past professional life.

Prior to being a stay at home mom, I was a college professor at Baldwin Wallace University. It is there that I served on our Faculty Senate eventually as the VP. I am no stranger to understanding academic governance structure and intricacies of navigating through policies, procedures, budgeting and reality and collaborating with others to achieve optimal outcomes. As of recently I’ve started attending Community Meetings hosted by our school board representative Linda McCain to learn more about Fulton County Schools and topics that affect our administrators, teachers, staff, kids, and parents. Additionally I volunteer weekly in my son’s class as a means of engaging with SBCE, his teacher, and his peers. I would, however, argue that my strongest qualification is having a passion to be a part of thoughtful conversation and mindful decision making that will empower our entire State Bridge Crossing Elementary community. I am curious by nature, work to see various perspectives, and am not easily discouraged but hopeful. Creative problem solving, transparency, honesty, humility, and empathy are among my skill sets that I hope would be useful in representing parents in this governance council capacity. Finally I feel very fortunate to have a supporting cast of wise SBCE parents in which I can solicit feedback and fairly represent sentiments of a broader collective.

I am grateful to those who have previously served in this capacity as well as those administrators, staff, and teachers who are doing the work daily to make State Bridge a place where our kids can flourish. I look forward to contributing to the enrichment of our schools and in particular State Bridge Crossing Elementary. Thank you for your consideration.

Morgan Havens

​Teacher Position

Hi my name is Morgan Havens and I am a part of the third-grade team! I have been a part of the SBCE community for two years and this is my fourth year of teaching. I previously taught in Gwinnett County for two years teaching second grade. I have served on SGC since last August and I have really enjoyed my time on the committee. I am looking to continue my work on the council and have a voice in school wide decision making. I feel my time on the council thus far has helped me understand more of the inner workings of SBCE.


I would love to continue that work through the next school year. I feel I am a great candidate because I have already served on the committee and know what the commitment is. I am involved in several other activities here at SBCE. I currently teach extended learning, I'm on the PBIS team and lead pep rallies, and I'm working on completing my Masters in Elementary Education which I will finish in July.

​Selena Rosario

​Teacher Position

Hi my name is Selena Rosario. I am fortunate to be a second-grade teacher here at State Bridge Crossing Elementary where I also began my own education many years ago. When I think back to my early education here what I remember most vividly is the diversity and rich school culture. I would feel honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the Student Governance Council for the upcoming school year 2019-2020. One of my favorite roles as a teacher is advocating for my students and this position would allow me to be a voice for both students and teachers in conjunction with our local community.

 I have experience in leadership, project management, budgeting, and event planning. I was founder and president of Vegan Club TEAM EARTH at the University of North Georgia and served as a campus organizer for the Humane League during my college experience. My responsibilities in both roles helped me gain valuable leadership experience. I find value in education driven community involvement and I am interested in learning more about the functions of the Student Governance Council.

As a first-year teacher, I believe this would be an excellent opportunity for me to expand my knowledge in community-based relations. I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Educational Leadership to further my aspirations to become a principal. I believe this position would suit me well and I would welcome to the opportunity to take more of an active role in our school culture and community. Thank you for taking the time to read my declaration! 

​Gabriella Santoro
​Teacher Position

After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Early Childhood Education, I decided to not work in education, but as a Global Relocation Consultant.  During the ten years I was employed there, I grew and learned much about the world.  But, as time passed, I realized that my heart was not in the right place for my career and that I truly missed teaching children and being part of a school community. 

Returning to education, I became a Reading Specialist and was quickly appointed to manage four other school's reading programs.  I loved the connections with the children, parents and of course my fellow educators.  In 2015, our family moved to Georgia for new opportunities. After networking and speaking with people in the community, I knew that I wanted to be part of State Bridge Crossing Elementary.   I have been at State Bridge Crossing for three years.  I am the grade chair for our amazing kindergarten team, am part of the Wellness Committee and have recently been asked to be the Wellness Ambassador for our school.  I have also been part of the Sunshine Committee. 

The opportunity to be part of the School Governance Council, would allow me to combine leadership with continuous learning about our school and all its functionalities.  I believe that my past work experience, and being a parent as well as a teacher make me an ideal candidate for the School Governance Council.

 "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other" – John F. Kennedy



2018-2019 State Bridge Crossing Elementary SGC Members


Bridgette M. Marques, Principal​MarquesB@fultonschools.org​PrincipalPrincipal, Member of budget
Heather Van LooyVanlooy@fultonschools.org

Elected as parent Member Budget
Committee, Chair Principal Selection Committee
Term ends June 30, 2020,
Warren Hutmacher 
Appointed as community member Parliamentarian,
​Budget Committee, Member Principal Selection Committee
​Term ends June 30, 2019
Sarah Gruber Gruber@fultonschools.org
as member




Term ends June 30, 2019

Matthew Crawford


Elected as parent

 Member Outreach


Term ends June 30, 2019     

Morgan Havens
Appointed as school employee

Member Budget

Term ends June 30, 2019

John Clifton 
Appointed as community member

Chair Budget, Member Principal Selection Committee


Term ends June 30, 2020

Lindsay Kyle



Appointed as school employee Member of Outreach​Term ends June 30, 2020
Daphne Honorehonore@fultonschools.orgElected as parent Member Outreach​Term ends June 30, 2020
Leslie Williams



Elected as teacher Chair of Outreach &
​Term ends June 30, 2020


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All meetings are held in the front office conference room

August 3rd, 7:00 am

​August 23rd, 7:00 am

September 26th, 7:00 am

October 17th, 7:00 am

November 28th, 7:00 am

January 23rd, 7:00 am

February 13th, 7:00 am

March 21st, 7:00 am

Committee Meeting Dates:


Charter System

SGC Handbook

SGC Guidance

SGC elections video


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