5950 Nichols Road
Powder Springs, GA  30127
Phone: 678-594-8298
Fax: 678-594-8300

Vaughan Elementary School Council

School Councils are designed to bring the school, parents, and community together to:

Vaughan’s School Council is an advisory body that aims to foster a better understanding of school and community concerns and promote ideas for school improvement. Meetings are open and meeting agendas/minutes are attached to this website.

2019-2020 School Council Members

Stephen Melton, Business Person/Parent

Candace Cronan, Business Person/Parent

Ashley Campoli

Daniel Torrenti    

Kathryn Aufderheide, Secretary

Paula Garcia-Todd, Vice Chairperson

Jenny Douglas, Principal

Nancy Gospodareck, Teacher Representative

Nicola Boone, Teacher Representative

Jennifer Fortney, Teacher Representative



Scheduled Meetings

All meetings will be at 7:20 AM in the Vaughan Elementary front office conference room unless otherwise noted.

October 17, 2019 Agenda

October 17, 2019 Mintues

January 31, 2020

February TBD (Capitol Visit)

April 30, 2020




Vaughan Elementary
School Council Fact Sheet

O.C.G.A. § 20-2-85 – 86

Why were School Councils Established?
Georgia’s A+ Education Reform Act of 2000 required that school councils be established in every public school by October 1, 2003. 


What is the Role of School Councils?
School councils are policy-level advisory bodies to the Principal, Superintendent, and local board of education. They may advise and make recommendations on any matter related to school improvement and student achievement. 


What is the Purpose of School Councils?
The purpose of school councils is to bring communities and schools closer together in a spirit of cooperation to solve difficult education problems, improve academic achievement, provide support for teachers and administrators, and bring parents into the school-based decision-making process.


Who Serves on School Councils?
The 2007 General Assembly made changes in the school council law that requires parents to be the majority members. It still, however, allows flexibility in the membership of a school council.  


What is the Composition of School Councils?
At a minimum, the School Council is composed of seven members:
1.  The Principal
2.  Two certificated teachers elected by the teachers   
3.  Four parents (or guardians) elected by the parents; two of the parents must be  businesspersons
4.  Two businesspersons, selected according to the school council’s bylaws.


What are the Expectations of School Council Members?
Members of the school council are accountable to the constituents they serve and shall:

1.  Maintain a school-wide perspective on issues
2.  Regularly participate in school council meetings
3.  Participate in information and training programs
4.  Act as a link between the school council and the community
5.  Encourage the participation of parents and others within the school community
6.  Work to improve student achievement and performance.