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State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge names 2013-14 Parent Advisory Council members

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Interested Parents: Michelle Sandrock, Parent Engagement Program Manager, (404) 232-1148, msandrock@doe.k12.ga.us
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Sept. 30, 2013 - State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge today named 36 parents from all over Georgia to serve on his 2013-14 Parent Advisory Council (PAC).
 
As members of the council, these parents will meet three times this year with the Superintendent to discuss education issues in Georgia. Their primary focus will be increasing parent and family engagement to ensure student success.
 
"I am looking forward to getting to know these parent advisors and discuss how our policies affect their children on a daily basis," said Superintendent Barge. "Having parent engagement is critical to ensuring student success, and hearing directly from parents is the best way to ensure their children get what they need to be successful after high school.”
 
The meetings will allow parents to provide feedback and input on new policies, projects, and materials that influence students and their families. The Superintendent's PAC will share the information they learn with community members, other families and schools. They will also serve as advisers and ambassadors in their respective communities.
 
Parents are nominated to serve on the PAC by their local school district at the beginning of each school year. Members are chosen by a committee of Georgia Department of Education representatives based on the applicant’s response to questions. Each member serves a two-year term on the council.
 
The council includes six members who won Georgia Parent Leadership Awards, which includes honorary members on the Parent Advisory Council. The council also includes six members from educational organizations in the state, including Georgia PTA, Communities in Schools of Georgia, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Parent to Parent of Georgia, United Way of Greater Atlanta and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
 
The first meeting is Oct. 21.
 
Members will also participate in the Georgia Family Engagement Conference Jan. 9-11, 2014, in Athens. More on the conference here: http://bit.ly/16bZG7Z
 
2013 Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council Members
Title
First Name
Last Name
School District
Ms.
Deana
Bearden
Cherokee County Schools
Ms.
Lakeisha
Brantley
Chatham County Schools
Mr.
N. Alan
Dean
Polk County Schools
Mr.
Kendrick
Duncan
Thomasville City Schools
Mr.
Jimmie
Griffin
Dooly County Schools
Ms.
Amy
Haddock
Jones County Schools
Mr.
Joseph
Hennesy, III
Coffee County Schools
Ms.
Theresa
Holzknecht
Miller County Schools
Ms.
Susie
Howard
Randolph County Schools
Mr.
Rafael
Huerta
Dalton City Schools
Ms.
Louna S.
Khan
Douglas County Schools
Mr.
Michael S.
King
Effingham County Schools
Ms.
Faye R.
Lewis
Ware County Schools
Ms.
Katherine N.
McFarland
Burke County Schools
Ms.
Fannie
Miller
Greene County Schools
Ms.
Vicki
Neal
Gordon County Schools
Mr.
Rance
Pettibone, Sr.
Dougherty County Schools
Ms.
Jenny
Poitevint
Pelham City Schools
Ms.
Yvette M.
Pollard
Fulton County Schools
Ms.
Jennifer D.
Ramey
Rabun County Schools
Ms.
Lisa
Richardson
Cobb County Schools
Mr.
Juan G.
Rios
Marietta City Schools
Ms.
Deborah
Rogers
Coweta County Schools
Ms.
Ayana A.
Shepherd
Gwinnett County Schools
Ms.
Stephanie
Smith
Barrow County Schools
Mr.
Robert
Smith
Hall County Schools
Ms.
Jeneverlyn
Tookes
Macon County Schools
Ms.
Virginia B.
Wilcox
Monroe County Schools
Ms.
Staci
Worth
Toombs County Schools
Ms.
Nancy
Zetmeir
Charlton County Schools
Georgia Parent Leadership Award Winners
Ms.
Tilwana
Anderson
Gwinnett County Schools
Ms.
Electria
Barnes
Cobb County Schools
Ms.
Debra
Mainor
Dublin City Schools
Ms.
Kellie
Martin
Decatur County Schools
Ms.
Capucine
Pansy
Douglas County Schools
Mr.
States
Wing
Forsyth County Schools
State Organizational Members
Ms.
Carol
Lewis
Communities in Schools of Georgia
Ms.
Angel
Little
Georgia PTA
Ms.
Rachael
Oliver
Georgia Family Connection Partnership
Ms.
Stacey
Schaff
Bright from the Start
Ms.
Margaret
Speilman
Parent to Parent of Georgia
Dr.
Jean
Walker
United Way of Greater Atlanta