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Superintendent Barge Names Parent Advisory Committee

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Interested Parents: Michelle Tarbutton Sandrock, Parent Engagement Program Manager, (404) 232-1148, mtarbutton@doe.k12.ga.us    
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SEPT. 20, 2012 -- State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge today named 36 parents from all over Georgia to serve on his 2013 Parent Advisory Council (PAC).    

As members of the council, these parents will meet three times this year with the State 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 a new group of parent advisors and discuss how our policies affect their children on a daily basis," said Superintendent Barge. "Having parent involvement is critical to making education work for all Georgia students. Hearing directly from them 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 advisors 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.
 
The council includes six members who won Georgia Parent Leadership Awards, which includes honorary members on the Parent Advisory Council. The council also includes five members from educational organizations in the state, including Georgia PTA, Communities in Schools of Georgia, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Parent to Parent of Georgia and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
 
Here are the new members: 
Title
First Name
Last Name
School District
Ms.
Deana
Bearden
Cherokee County Schools
Mr.
Charlie
Brown
Walton County Schools
Dr.
David
Campbell
Georgia School for the Deaf
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
Ms.
Lara
Johnston
Glynn County Schools
Ms.
Sarah Lee
Jordan
Colquitt County Schools
Ms.
Louna
Khan
Douglas County Schools
Mr.
Michael
King
Effingham County Schools
Ms.
Faye
Lewis
Ware County Schools
Ms.
Katherine
McFarland
Burke County Schools
Ms.
Fannie
Miller
Greene County Schools
Mr.
Chris
Odom
Thomas County Schools
Ms.
Salena
Perry
Atlanta City Schools
Mr.
Rance
Pettibone, Sr.
Dougherty County Schools
Ms.
Yvette
Pollard
Fulton County Schools
Ms.
Jennifer
Ramey
Rabun County Schools
Ms.
Lisa
Richardson
Cobb County Schools
Ms.
Loretta
Richardson
Muscogee County Schools
Mr.
Juan
Rios
Marietta City Schools
Ms.
Monya
Rutland
Bibb County Schools
Ms.
Ayana
Shepherd
Gwinnett County Schools
Ms.
Stephanie
Smith
Barrow County Schools
Mr.
Robert
Smith
Hall County Schools
Ms.
Charlene
Toaster
Peach County Schools
Ms.
Kelly
Ullery
Floyd County Schools
Ms.
Virginia
Wilcox
Monroe County Schools
Ms.
Staci
Worth
Toombs County Schools
Georgia Parent Leadership Award Winners
Mr.
Tyler
Barr
Douglas County Schools
Ms.
Elizabeth
Caldwell
Jasper County Schools
Ms.
Susan
Dodson
Clarke County Schools
Ms.
Juli
Hall
Fayette County Schools
Mr.
Dennis
Holsey
Hancock County Schools
Ms.
Krysia
Suttles
Paulding County Schools
State Organizational Members
Ms.
Jennie
Couture
Bright From the Start
Ms.
Lateefah
Raheem
Communities in Schools of Georgia
Ms.
Gaye
Smith
Georgia Family Connection Partnership
Ms.
Margaret
Speilman
Parent to Parent of Georgia
Ms.
Patty
Yohn
Georgia PTA