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School Council


Every school in the state of Georgia is required to have a School Council. The composition of the school council must consist of at least seven members.  Three of those members must be certificated teachers.  Parents must hold the majority of the seats on the council. Members of the council must be elected for a minimum of a two year term with half of the members serving staggered terms expiring each year.  Terms office of council members shall be staggered with the terms of half its members expiring each year. In order to achieve staggered terms, half of the initially-elected council members will only serve for one year.  These council members can either volunteer or be selected at random to serve the initial, short term.  Once staggering is achieved, all council members will serve full, two year terms.

Only certificated teacher/instructional personnel who are eligible for membership on the school council may nominate and vote for certificated teacher/instructional staff representatives on the council. Any member of the electing body must be physically present at the school during the publicized election date to cast a vote for the council representatives and has one vote and shall be issued one official ballot form to vote for two or more council representatives. The election of the council members shall be determined by plurality.

If you are a certified staff member and you would like to nominate someone/yourself for the school council, please write the individual's name on a piece of paper with the date and place it in my mailbox prior to the election date.

Parent nominations can either be brought to the school or e-mailed to Laurie Hickey, School Secretary at  Nominations will be accepted August 18th – August 28th.  Each nomination must include the person's name, phone # and an e-mail address, if available.

The election date has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 1.

Please read below for pertinent information about the School Council and its members.

School councils are comprised of a minimum of seven council members:

  • The principal
  • At least two certificated teachers elected by the teachers
  • A number of parents (or guardians) elected by the parents, so that parents (or guardians) make up a majority of the council. At least 2 parents must be businesspersons
  • Other members as specified in the council's bylaws

How do School Councils Conduct Business?

  • Councils meet at least four times annually. The number of required meetings are specified in the council's bylaws.
  • The officers of the school council are a chairperson, vice chairperson, and secretary. The chairperson must be a parent member.
  • A majority of councilmembers present is considered a quorum for conducting business.
  • All decisions are determined by a majority vote of the members.
  • The council may appoint committees, study groups, and task forces.
  • Meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act.
  • Records are subject to the Open Records Act.

What is the Role of the Local Board of Education with School Councils?

The local board of education shall:

  • Provide all information not specifically made confidential by law
  • Assign an employee of the school system to attend council meetings when requested
  • Receive and consider all recommendations, including the annual report, of the school council as follows:
    • Public notice shall be given of the board's intent to consider the reports or recommendations of the school council at a local board of education meeting,
    • Written notice shall be given to school council members at least seven days prior to the meeting of the board's intent to consider a council report or recommendation,
    • Members of the council shall be given the opportunity to present information in support of their report or recommendation

The local board of education shall respond to recommendations of the council within 60 days after being notified in writing of the recommendation.

Tapp School Council By Laws

Parent Nomination Form

Parent Business Person Nomination Form