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Superintendent Barge Announces 2014-2015 Parent Advisory Council

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September 26, 2014 -- State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge today named 36 parents from all over Georgia to serve on his 2014-15 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, particularly in Georgia’s Title I schools. 

"I am looking forward to getting to know these parent advisors and discussing how our policies affect their children on a daily basis," Superintendent Barge said. "Increasing 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 advisors and ambassadors in their respective communities. 

Parents are nominated to serve on the PAC by their local school districts 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.

Six members of the council are winners of Georgia Parent Leadership Awards, and all winners of that award are honorary members of 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, on October 20th, will have the PAC members joining the State School Superintendent, First Lady Sandra Deal and other state organizational leaders for a Parent Engagement Month Kick-Off Celebration at the State Capitol.
2015 Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council Members
Title  First Name Last Name School District
Ms. Loli Anderson Burke County Schools
Ms. Terrilyn  Ball Valdosta City Schools
Ms. Amy Barrington Bryant Crisp County Schools
Ms. Patricia Chisholm Savannah-Chatham County Schools
Ms. Shikera Cook Marietta City Schools
Ms. LaTonja Dotson Terrell County Schools
Ms. Allyson  Dozier Fulton County Schools
Ms. Amber Gibson Stewart County Schools
Ms. Kelly  Golden Tift County Schools
Ms. Cassandra Leah Hazlewood Cherokee 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. Muna Jama DeKalb County Schools
Ms. Ann Malkoc Gwinnett County Schools
Ms. Katie Olson Bulloch County Schools
Ms. Kathy  Peaden Griffin-Spaulding County Schools
Ms. Jenny Poitevint Pelham City Schools
Ms. Janet Porter Atlanta Area School for the Deaf
Ms. Deborah  Rogers Coweta County Schools
Ms. Tynesha Rowland Greene County Schools
Ms. Leah Smith Thomas County Schools
Mr. B. J. Starling Floyd County Schools
Ms. Kelly  Strickland Raney Butts County Schools
Ms. Sheila R. Thomas Dougherty County Schools
Ms. Jeneverlyn  Tookes Macon County Schools
Ms. Wendy Underwood Liberty County Schools
Ms. Brigitte Y. Willis Columbia County Schools
Ms. Nancy Zetmeir Charlton County Schools
Georgia Parent Leadership Award Winners
Ms. Gail Bouie Decatur County Schools
Ms. Kimberly Fisher Cherokee County Schools
Ms. Mariana Hernandez -Goodwin Gwinnett County Schools
 Ms.  Karen Preble Camden County Schools
Mr. Edward Richardson Cobb County Schools
Ms.  Laura Shyman Cobb County Schools
State Organizational Members
Ms. Michelle Gearhart Parent to Parent of Georgia
Ms.  Carol Lewis Communities in Schools of Georgia
Ms.  Angel Little Georgia PTA
Ms.  Laura Miller United Way of Greater Atlanta
Ms. Rachael Oliver Georgia Family Connection Partnership
Ms. Stacey Schaff Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning