CHARTER FOR PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS

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1 CHARTER FOR PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS This Charter for Putnam County Schools ( Charter ) is entered into by Putnam County Board of Education ( Local Board and Petitioner ) and the State Board of Education ( State Board ) (collectively referred to as the parties ). WHEREAS, the Local Board approved the petition proposing to establish a charter school system pursuant to O.C.G.A et seq., the Charter Schools Act of 1998 ( Charter Schools Act ), and; WHEREAS, the State Board finds that the petition complies with the provisions of the Charter Schools Act, and the rules, regulations, policies and procedures promulgated in accordance with O.C.G.A and further finds that the petition is in the public interest; and, WHEREAS, schools and school systems should be given high flexibility to tailor their educational programs to meet the unique needs of their communities, and schools and school systems should be encouraged to use innovative educational programs including local management of schools; and, WHEREAS, pursuant to O.C.G.A , the State Board grants this Charter to permit Petitioner to establish a local school system as a Charter System and convert each applicable school ( a Charter System School ) in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Charter. NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises, mutual agreements, and covenants contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows: 1. Charter Term. The State Board grants this Charter to Petitioner to operate a Charter System for a 5-year term beginning on July 1, 2010, and expiring on June 30, Charter System Schools. The Charter System shall consist of the following schools that shall enroll students who range in age from 5 through 21 and shall serve students in grades Kindergarten through 12 th grade. a. Putnam County Primary b. Putnam County Elementary c. Putnam County Middle d. Putnam County High School 3. Mission Statement. The mission of the Putnam County Schools is to assist all students in acquiring knowledge, fostering aspirations, and developing life skills that will empower them to become creative, self-directing, productive and contributing members of the global society. To that end the Putnam County Board of Education has established the following system-wide goals that will drive all system decisions; a. Ensure high levels of performance for all students in Putnam County. Conversion Template Page 1 of 16 3/2009

2 b. Align financial expenditures and human resources with improved student performance. c. Develop leadership capacity in all staff. d. Provide educationally appropriate facilities, nutrition program, and transportation system supportive of learning. e. Actively engage parents and community members in the educational process. 4. Essential Innovative Features. The Charter System shall implement, but is not limited to, the following innovations; Establish School Governing Authorities (SGA): The SGA at each school, along with consistent training in operational issues, will result in a more substantial voice in the decision making process for all stakeholders. This increase in decision making responsibility represents a significant departure from current decision making models. The System Level Coordination Team, which meets semi-annually and is comprised of representatives from each SGA, will be charged with ensuring cohesiveness throughout the system. Differentiate Compensation Packages: The charter system shall investigate the creation of a policy that will have a financial reward structure for success in achieving an agreed upon goal or objective. Create New Cross-discipline Areas of Instruction: The charter system shall combine several academic disciplines. Flexible Use of Time and Scheduling: The charter system shall modify the school day to best meet the needs of students. Teacher Observations: The charter system shall develop systematic classroom observations using a quantitative method of measuring classroom behaviors and student engagement. This information shall be used to design professional development plans. 5. Maximum Flexibility Allowed by Law. In exchange for the Charter System s agreement to meet or exceed the performance-based goals and measurable objectives set forth in Section 6 below, the State Board shall grant the maximum flexibility allowed by law to the Charter System. Pursuant to O.C.G.A (a), the Charter System shall be entitled to the maximum flexibility allowed by state law from the provisions of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated and from any state or local rule, regulation, policy, or procedure established by the Local Board, State Board or the Georgia Department of Education ( Department ). Notwithstanding this maximum flexibility, the Charter System and each Charter System School shall comply with the terms of this Charter, the Charter Schools Act, including the provisions set forth in Section 14 below, and any rules, regulations, policies, or procedures established by the State Board consistent with the Charter Schools Act. Conversion Template Page 2 of 16 3/2009

3 6. Performance-based Goals and Measurable Objectives. In exchange for the flexibility granted in Section 5 above, the Charter System agrees to meet or exceed the following performance-based goals and measurable objectives that are designed to result in improvement of student achievement: Putnam County Primary School a. Increase the number of students who exceed by 10% in 1 st and 2 nd grade in reading, ELA and math while decreasing the DNM to meet the NCLB Annual Measurable Objective (Appendix Table 1). b. Close the gap between all subgroups in 1 st and 2 nd grade by 5% each year with the ultimate goal of all subgroups meeting the NCLB annual measurable objectives (base line data created in ). c. Exceed the state average by 5% in all subgroups in 1 st and 2 nd grade in math and reading/ela (base line data created in ). d. Every kindergartener going to 1 st grade will have an ending Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test score at or above the 75 percentile (base line data created in ). Putnam County Elementary School a. Increase the number of students who exceed by 10% in 3 rd, 4 th and 5 th grade in reading, ELA, math, and science while decreasing the DNM to meet the NCLB Annual Measurable Objective (Appendix Table 2). b. Close the gap between all subgroups in 3 rd, 4 th and 5 th grade by 10% each year with the ultimate goal of all subgroups meeting the NCLB annual measurable objectives (base line data created in ). c. Exceed the state average by 5% in all subgroups in 3 rd, 4 th and 5 th grade in math and reading/ela (base line data created in ). d. 10% increase each year of 5 th graders reading at or above Lexile score for 5 th grade based on SRI (base line data created in ). Putnam County Middle School a. Increase the number of students who exceed by 10% in 6 th, 7 th and 8 th grade in reading, ELA, math, and science while decreasing the DNM to meet the NCLB Annual Measurable Objective (Appendix Table 3). b. Close the gap between all subgroups in 6 th, 7 th and 8 th grade by 10% each year with the ultimate goal of all subgroups meeting the NCLB annual measurable objectives (base line data created in ). c. Exceed the state average by 5% in all subgroups in 6 th, 7 th and 8 th grade in math and reading/ela (base line data created in ). d. 10% increase each year of 8 th graders reading at or above Lexile score for 8 th grade based on SRI (base line data created in ). Conversion Template Page 3 of 16 3/2009

4 Putnam County High School a. Increase the number of students who exceed by 10% in 11th grade in ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies while decreasing the DNM to meet the NCLB Annual Measurable Objective (Appendix Table 4). b. 80% of graduating seniors will qualify at or above the bronze level on the work ready assessment (base line data created in ). c. Increase the percent of graduating students who receive an official acceptance to a four year institution from 20% to 40% (base line data created in ). d. Increase the percent of graduating students who receive an official acceptance to a technical school or a 2 year community college from 35% to 45% (base line data created in ). e. Increase the percent of graduating ROTC students who enlist in a branch of the military service from 3% to 5% (base line data created in ). f. Increase the percent of graduating students who apply and are accepted for employment from 5% to 10% in their career pathway (base line data created in ). 7. Assessment and Accountability. Notwithstanding Sections 4 and 5 above, each Charter System School is subject to all accountability and assessment requirements set forth within Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated and any corresponding State Board Rules, including but not limited to the accountability provisions of O.C.G.A through The Charter System School further is subject to all federal accountability requirements under No Child Left Behind. 8. Annual Report. The Charter System shall submit an annual report by October 1 of each year following the first year of operation that complies with all requirements set forth in O.C.G.A (c), including but not limited to an indication of the Charter System s progress towards the goals and objectives stated in Section 6 above and all state-mandated assessment and accountability scores from the previous year. 9. Open Enrollment and Admissions. The Charter System shall enroll students in its system charter schools per the terms of the charter and in accordance with state board rules. Each Charter System School shall comply with the open enrollment and admissions provisions set forth in O.C.G.A Enrollment shall be open to any student in accordance with the following criteria: a. Attendance Zone. Enrollment shall be open to any student who resides within the attendance zone. The attendance zone for Putnam County School Charter System shall be the existing Putnam County School System attendance zone. b. Admissions. The Charter School may not use admissions criteria or applications that would not otherwise be used at a traditional public school. The Charter System School may use applications for the purpose of verifying the student s residence within the school s attendance zone. The Charter Conversion Template Page 4 of 16 3/2009

5 System School may gather relevant information from students after enrollment is determined. c. Random Lottery. If the number of timely applicants who reside in the attendance zone does not exceed the capacity of the Charter System School, the Charter System School shall allow students from outside the attendance zone an equal opportunity to enroll through the use of a random lottery process. 10. Withdrawal without Penalty. The Charter System and each Charter System School shall comply with the provisions of O.C.G.A (d) for withdrawing students. The Local Board and the Charter System agree that a student may withdraw without penalty from a Charter System School at any time and enroll in another public school in Putnam County School district or in a public school in the system in which the student resides, pursuant to the rules and regulations of that school system. 11. State and Federally Mandated Educational Services. a. Students with Disabilities. Each Charter System School shall comply with all federal special education laws and regulations, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. b. English Language Learners. Each Charter System School shall comply with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations relating to the provision of educational services to English Language Learners. c. Supplemental Education. Each Charter System School shall provide supplemental education services in required cases pursuant to State Board of Education Rule and No Child Left Behind. d. Remediation. Each Charter System School shall provide remediation in required cases pursuant to State Board of Education Rule and No Child Left Behind. 12. Governance Structure. a. Governing Body. Each Charter System School shall utilize a School Governing Authority governing body which shall operate in accordance with its bylaws with the intent to maximize school level decision making. The School Governing Authority shall be responsible for complying with and carrying out the provisions of this Charter, including compliance with all applicable law. b. Control and Management by Local Board. The School Governing Authority at each Charter System School shall be subject to the control and management of the Local Board. Conversion Template Page 5 of 16 3/2009

6 c. Function. It shall be the function of the School Governing Authority to uphold the Charter System s mission and vision, to set policy for the Charter System School, to ensure effective organizational planning, and to ensure that Performance-based Goals and Measurable Objectives listed in Section 6 are met. d. Decision- Making Authority. The decision- making authority of the principal of each charter system school, the School Governing Authority of each charter system school, and the local board of education in Personnel decisions, including hiring school principals and teachers; Financial decisions; Curriculum and instruction; Resource allocation; Establishing and monitoring the achievement of school improvement goals; and School operations shall be implemented as described in Table 5. e. Public Meetings. The School Governing Authority is subject to and shall comply with the Open and Public Meetings Act, O.C.G.A et seq. The Governing Body shall conduct regular meetings consistent with principles of transparency and avoidance of actual or apparent conflicts of interest in the governance of the Charter School. f. Public Records. The School Governing Authority is subject to and shall comply with the Georgia Open Records Act, O.C.G.A et seq. The Governing Body shall maintain its adopted policies, budgets, meeting agendas and minutes and shall make such documents available for public inspection. g. Conflicts of Interest. The School Governing Authority shall establish a formal policy to prevent and disclose conflicts of interest. Members of the Governing Body and Charter School employees shall abide by such conflicts of interest policy. h. Public Status. Petitioner assures that each Charter System School shall be a public, nonsectarian, nonreligious, nonprofit school organized and operated under the laws of the State of Georgia. Petitioner further assures that the Charter School shall not be home based. 13. Fiscal Control. a. Annual Audit. Each Charter System School shall be subject to an independent annual financial audit conducted by the state auditor. b. Federal Monitoring Requirements. Each Charter System School shall comply with all federal monitoring requirements related to the receipt of federal funds. c. Charter School Program Grant Funds Eligibility. In the event the Charter System and/or Charter System School seeks grant funds under the federal Charter School Program, the Charter System and/or Charter System School Conversion Template Page 6 of 16 3/2009

7 must satisfy all federal eligibility requirements as a prerequisite to applying for and receiving such funds. d. Insurance. Prior to opening, the Charter System shall secure adequate insurance coverage, and the Charter System shall maintain such coverage throughout the Charter term in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia. 14. Compliance with Other Laws, Rules, and Regulations. The Charter System and each Charter System School shall operate in accordance with the United States Constitution, the Constitution of the State of Georgia and all applicable federal, state and local laws that may not be waived pursuant to O.C.G.A , including the following, which are listed by way of example and not by way of limitation. a. Civil Rights, Insurance, Health and Safety and Conflicting Interests. The Charter System and each Charter System School shall operate in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local rules, regulations, court orders and statutes relating to civil rights; insurance; the protection of the physical health and safety of students, employees, and visitors; conflicting interest transactions and the prevention of unlawful conduct. b. Unlawful Conduct. The Charter System and each Charter System School shall be subject to all laws relating to unlawful conduct in or near a public school. c. Student Conduct and Discipline. The Charter System and each Charter System School shall maintain and implement a written policy regarding student discipline, which policy shall be consistent with due process. d. State Board Rules. The Charter System and each Charter System School shall operate in accordance with all State Board Rules promulgated in accordance with O.C.G.A during the term herein that are not subject to any waiver granted in Section 4 above. e. Prohibition on Discrimination. The Charter System and each Charter System School shall not discriminate against students on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, ancestry, marital status, the need for special educational services or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law. f. Reporting Requirements. The Charter System and each Charter System School shall be subject to all reporting requirements of O.C.G.A , (e), and g. Tuition. The Charter System and each Charter System School shall not charge tuition or fees to its students except as may be authorized for local boards pursuant to O.C.G.A Conversion Template Page 7 of 16 3/2009

8 h. Brief Period of Quiet Reflection. The Charter System and each Charter System School shall comply with O.C.G.A , which requires a brief period of quiet reflection. i. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The Charter System and each Charter System School are subject to all provisions of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g. In the event a Charter System School closes, it shall transmit all official student records in the manner prescribed by the State Board. 15. Employment Matters. The Putnam County Schools shall be the employer of all employees of each Charter System School. Employees at each Charter System School shall not be considered employees of the State Board or the Department. a. Background Checks. Each Charter System School shall adopt background check procedures and shall ensure that all prospective staff members undergo a fingerprinting and background check prior to beginning employment at the Charter School. b. Teachers Retirement System. All teachers at each Charter System School shall be members of the Georgia Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and subject to its requirements. Each Charter System School is responsible for making arrangements with TRS and making monthly contributions for its teachers in accordance with state requirements. 16. Record Inspection. Subject to state and federal laws, the Local Board, the State Board, its agents, and the state auditor s office shall have the right to examine and copy all records, reports, documents, and files relating to any activity, program, or student at each Charter System School. 17. Facilities. Each Charter System School shall obtain a Certificate of Occupancy for the facility in which the Charter School shall be located. Each Charter System School shall prepare a safety plan in accordance with O.C.G.A , which plan shall be submitted to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. 18. Transportation. The Charter System and each Charter System School shall comply with all applicable laws governing transportation of students. 19. Food Services. The Charter System and each Charter System School shall comply with all applicable laws governing food service for students. 20. Agreements with Local Board. This Charter shall not preclude any Charter system School from entering into an agreement with the Local Board; provided no such agreement supersedes, overrides or conflicts with any provision of this Charter. 21. Termination of Charter. Conversion Template Page 8 of 16 3/2009

9 a. Termination Procedures. The parties acknowledge and agree that this Charter may be terminated following the procedures set forth in O.C.G.A and the accompanying State Board Rule. b. Requests for Termination. The termination of this Charter may be requested by School Governing Authority or Local Board following the procedures set forth in O.C.G.A (b). c. Termination Grounds. In accordance with Sections 19(a) and (b), the State Board may terminate this Charter based on any of the following grounds: i. The Charter School or Charter System s failure to comply with any recommendation or direction of the State Board with respect to O.C.G.A ; ii. The Charter School or Charter System s failure to adhere to any material term of this Charter, including but not limited to the performance goals set forth in Section 6 above; iii. The Charter School or Charter System s failure to meet generally accepted standards of fiscal management; iv. The Charter School or Charter System s violation of applicable federal, state, or local laws, or court orders; v. The existence of competent substantial evidence that the continued operation of the Charter School or Charter System would be contrary to the best interests of the students or the community; vi. The Charter School or Charter System s failure to comply with any provision of O.C.G.A ; vii. The existence of conditions that place the health, safety or welfare of students or staff of the Charter School or Charter System in danger. d. Distribution of Funds and Assets. In the event the Charter System or a Charter System School ceases operation for any reason, the Charter System or a Charter System School and its Governing Board will be responsible for concluding the business and affairs of the Charter System or a Charter System School and will cooperate with the Local Board and State Board to the extent necessary to provide an orderly return of the students to their local school. Any public surplus remaining at the time the Charter System or a Charter System School ceases operation shall be remitted to the Local Board and/or State Board, whichever is appropriate, within 30 days of ceasing operations. Any furniture and equipment purchased with public funds shall be delivered to the Local Board and/or State Board, whichever is appropriate, within 30 days of ceasing operations. Neither the Local Board nor the State Board shall Conversion Template Page 9 of 16 3/2009

10 22. Suspension. be responsible for the Charter System or a Charter System School unpaid debts in the event the Charter System School does not have sufficient funds to pay all of its debts at the time it ceases operation. a. Pre-Opening Suspension. In the event the Charter System or a Charter System School fails to comply with any provision set forth in this Charter that requires compliance prior to the opening of the Charter School, the conversion to a Charter System may be suspended until a time after all requirements have been fulfilled by the Charter System or a Charter System School and as determined by the Department. Suspension shall not result in an extension of the Charter term set forth above in Section 1. b. Emergency Suspension. In the event of an emergency, the State Board, through a regular or special-called meeting, may suspend the operations of the Charter System or a Charter System School until a termination hearing can be conducted, as set forth in O.C.G.A and the accompanying State Board Rule. 23. Renewal, Non-Renewal and Probationary Status. a. Renewal. The Charter may be renewed by agreement of the parties following the procedures set forth in the Charter Schools Act and accompanying State Board Rule. b. Non-Renewal. Any grounds for termination stated in Section 21(c) above also may be grounds for non-renewal. In addition, the State Board may elect not to renew the Charter if the petition for renewal does not comply with the Charter Schools Act and the rules, regulations, policies and procedures promulgated in accordance with the Charter Schools Act or if the State Board deems that the Charter System or a Charter System School has not sufficiently increased student achievement or is no longer in the public interest. c. Probationary Term. In the event the State Board determines that the Charter System or a Charter System School has failed to comply with any provision of this Charter, the State Board may elect to grant a renewal for a probationary term, within which term the Charter School must come into compliance satisfactory to the Department. 24. Amendments to Charter. Any material term of this Charter, to be determined by the Department, may be amended in writing upon the approval of the Local Board and the State Board. Any proposed amendment shall be made in accordance with O.C.G.A and the accompanying State Board Rule. 25. Administrative Clarifications. Any clarification to a non-material term of this Charter, to be determined by the Department, shall be submitted in writing to the Conversion Template Page 10 of 16 3/2009

11 Department for review. Any non-material term of this Charter may be clarified upon written approval of the Department. 26. Indemnification. The Charter System and each Charter System School shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Local Board, the State Board, the Department, their employees, officers, directors, subcontractors, and agents against any and all claims, demands, suits, costs, judgments, or other forms of liability to third parties, actual or claimed, including reasonable attorney fees, and related expenses, on account of injury, damage or loss to property or persons (including but not limited to violations of civil rights), occurring or allegedly occurring in connection with the operation of the Charter System, from acts or omissions of the Charter System, its employees, officers, directors, subcontractors, or agents, or from any debt or contractual obligation incurred by the Charter System. 27. Non-Agency. The parties expressly acknowledge and agree that the Charter System School is not acting as the agent of the Local Board or the State Board, except as required by law or this Charter. Each Charter System School acknowledges that it is without authority to, and will not, extend the faith and credit of the Local Board or State Board to any third party. 28. Delegation. The parties agree and acknowledge that the functions and powers of each party may be exercised only by each party and may not be delegated to a third party without written agreement by the Local Board and the State Board. 29. Application of Amended Law. This Charter is subject to applicable state and federal laws and shall be deemed amended to reflect applicable changes to those laws upon the effective date of any such change. 30. Non-Waiver. No waiver of any breach of this Charter shall be held as a waiver of any other or subsequent breach. 31. Severability. If any provision of the Charter is determined to be unenforceable or invalid for any reason, the remainder of the Charter shall remain in full force and effect. 32. Governing Law and Venue. This Charter shall be governed by, subject to, and construed under the laws of the State of Georgia. This Charter shall be interpreted in accordance with O.C.G.A et seq., as amended within the term of this Charter. Any action brought by one party to this Charter against another party shall be brought in the Superior Court of Fulton County. 33. Entire Agreement. This Charter sets forth the entire agreement between the Charter System and the State Board with respect to the subject matter of this Charter. All prior contracts, representations, statements, negotiations, understandings, and undertakings between the Charter System and the State Board are superseded by this Charter. The petition submitted to and approved by the Local Board serves only as the formal application for a Charter System and does not constitute a contract Conversion Template Page 11 of 16 3/2009

12 between the State Board and the Charter System. This Charter supersedes any conflicting provision contained in the petition. Chairperson, STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (Date) Chairperson, Putnam County Schools BOARD OF EDUCATION (Date) Superintendent, Putnam County Schools (Date) Conversion Template Page 12 of 16 3/2009

13 Appendix Tables Table 1: Putnam County Primary School CRCT Goals for Exceeds and DNM. Putnam County Primary Baseline Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Students CRCT Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Grade 1 Reading 30%:11% 31%:9% 36%:7% 40%:5% 45%:3% 50%:0% ELA 21%:18% 30%:10% 35%:5% 40%:3% 45%:2% 50%:0% Math 28%:12% 30%:10% 35%:8% 40%:5% 45%:3% 50%0% Grade 2 Reading 36%:8% 40%:6% 45%:4% 50%:2% 55%:0% 60%:0% ELA 9%:14% 15%:10% 20%:5% 25%:3% 30%:2% 35%:0% Math 16%:11% 20%:9% 25%:8% 27%:7% 30%:4% 35%:0% Table 2: Putnam County Elementary School CRCT Goals for Exceeds and DNM Putnam County Elementary Baseline Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Students CRCT Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Grade 3 Reading 22%:6% 28%:5% 32%:4% 35%:2% 40%:1% 45%:0% ELA 21%:9% 25%:7% 30%:5% 35%:3% 40%:2% 45%:0% Math 38%:18% 42%:15% 48%:10% 50%:5% 55%:3% 60%:0% Science 22%:19% 25%:15% 30%:10% 35%:5% 40%:3% 45%:0% Social Studies 10%:18% 15%:15% 20%:10% 25%:5% 30%:3% 35%:0% Grade 4 Reading 26%:16% 30%:14% 35%:10% 40%:8% 45%:5% 50%:0% ELA 24%:14% 30%:10% 35%:5% 40%:3% 45%:2% 50%:0% Math 17%:31% 20%:25% 25%:15% 30%:10% 35%:5% 40%:0% Science 17%:37% 25%:30% 30%:25% 35%:20% 40%:15% 45%:10% Social Studies 7%:41% 15%:35% 20%:30% 25%:25% 30%:20% 35%:15% Grade 5 Reading 17%:8% 25%:5% 30%:4% 35%:3% 40%:1% 45%:0% ELA 34%:5% 40%:4% 45%:3% 50%:2% 55%:1% 60%:0% Math 36%:11% 40%:8% 45%:5% 50%:4% 55%:2% 60%:0% Science 18%:23% 25%:20% 30%:15% 35%:10% 40%:5% 45%:0% Social Studies 4%:36% 10%:30% 15%:25% 20%:20% 25%:15% 30%:10% Conversion Template Page 13 of 16 3/2009

14 Table 3: Putnam County Middle School CRCT Goals for Exceeds and DNM Putnam County Middle Baseline Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Students CRCT Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Exceed%:DNM% Grade 6 Reading 26%:10% 30%:8% 35%:6% 40%:4% 45%:2% 50%:0% ELA 28%:10% 30%:8% 35%:5% 40%:3% 45%:2% 50%:0% Math 11%:26% 20%:20% 30%:15% 35%:10% 40%:5% 45%:0% Science 3%:39% 10%:30% 15%:25% 20%20% 30%:15% 35%:10% Social Studies Grade 7 Reading 16%:11: 20%:8% 25%:4% 30%:2% 35%:0% 40%:0% ELA 19%:13% 25%:10% 30%:8% 35%:5% 40%:3% 45%:0% Math 21%:14% 28%:10% 35%:8% 40%:6% 45%:4% 50%:0% Science 18%:28% 25%:20% 30%:15% 35%:10% 40%:5% 45%:0% Social Studies Grade 8 Reading 21%:5% 26%:4% 35%:3% 30%:2% 35%:1: 40%:0% ELA 17%:7% 25%:5% 30%:3% 35%:2% 40%:1% 45%:0% Math 12%:28% 20%:20% 30%:15% 35%:10% 40%:5% 45%:0% Science 7%:25% 15%:20% 20%:15% 30%:10% 40%:5% 45%:0% Social Studies 12%:40% 20%:35% 25%:30% 30%:25% 35%:20% 40%:15% Table 4: Putnam County High School GHSGT Goals for Exceeds and DNP Putnam County High Baseline Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Students GHSGT Exceed%:DNP% Exceed%:DNP% Exceed%:DNP% Exceed%:DNP% Exceed%:DNP% Exceed%:DNP% Grade 11 ELA 36%:16% 40%:10% 45%:5% 50%:4% 55%:3% 60%:0% Math 37%:5% 45%:7% 50%:5% 55%:4% 60%:3% 60%:0% Science 52%:10% 55%:8% 55%:5% 60%:3% 65%:2% 70%:0% Social Studies 27%:18% 35%:10% 40%:5% 45%:3% 50%:2% 55%:0% Conversion Template Page 14 of 16 3/2009

15 I a I b II Table 5 Areas Principal SGA Superintendent School Board Policies, goals, Develops all policies, objectives and goals, objectives, and budget. budget. Personnel decisions, including hiring principals & teachers Financial decisions, including autonomy of budget & expenditures Oversees implementation of all local school actions consistent with BOE policies, goals, objectives, and budget and SGA actions. Establishes and supervises personnel selection process; requests SGA endorsement of selected assistant principal candidate(s); requests SGA approval of the recommendations for hiring of instructional staff. Develops the school budget consistent with all system and school goals and objectives. Develops local school actions consistent with BOE policies, goals, objectives, and budget. Approves selection process for any open staff positions; endorses principal s recommendations for all instructional staff including assistant principal; approves recommendations for hiring of instructional staff. Approves school budget for recommendation to superintendent. Monitors performance to budget and approves local changes as described in Section IV As CEO of the system, oversees implementation of all BOE policies, goals, objectives, and budget. Recommends principals, directors and assistant superintendents; Utilizes the SGA in initial screening of applicant pool for principal vacancies, endorses principal s recommendations for all instructional staff, including assistant principals; establishes, in cooperation with central office staff, the selection process for administrators at all levels. Provides final approval of SGA approved school level budget; recommends the system budget for approval; supervises & implements system wide financial accountability plan. Hires superintendent; approves superintendent s recommendations for principals, assistant superintendents and directors; approves superintendent s recommendations for all instructional staff, including assistant principals. Provides final approval of the system budget. III Curriculum and Instruction Develops and recommends curriculum which, at a minimum, meets Federal requirements and State standards, except where waived; supervises and evaluates instruction. Approves school curriculum for recommendation to superintendent. Provides final approval of SGA approved curriculum; recommends the system curriculum for approval; supervises and implements system wide curricula accountability. Sets system wide vision, mission and goals; provides final approval of system curriculum. IV V VI Resource allocation at school level Establishing and monitoring achievement of school improvement goals Other school operations Recommends to the SGA any change in resource allocation exceeding $20K. Ensures that the school improvement plan is linked directly to the school s improvement goals; recommends the school improvement plan; develops and recommends a report card to the SGA consistent with the school and system mission and goals; reports on the school status. Manages instructional technology. Ensures resource allocation consistent with SGA approved school budget; approves, in whole or in part, any shift in resource allocation in excess of $20K and less than $50K; recommends, in whole or in part, to the superintendent any shift in resource allocation in excess of $50K. Endorses and monitors the school improvement goals and objectives; assigns a grade based on a rubric assigned by the superintendent; presents the school report card to the superintendent for review. Develops and implements resource allocation to schools consistent with their approved budgets; approves, in whole or in part, any shift in resource allocation in excess of $50K as recommended by the SGA. Approves the school improvement goals and recommends the system improvement plan that is linked directly to the system improvement goals as approved by the board; reports on the overall status of each school; along with the central office staff, assists developing the report card and ensures that it is linked to the system s mission and goals. Manages on a system level the following operations: Transportation Human Resources Provides final approval of the system budget. Establishes and monitors the system improvement goals and objectives. Conversion Template Page 15 of 16 3/2009

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