Forsyth County Schools has a strong tradition of local school governance involving staff, parent and community partners. Originally called Local School Advisory Councils (LSACs), FCS converted to Local School Councils (LSCs) in 2000 under Georgia's the A+ Education Reform Act.FCS has active LSCS in all schools, with the exception of those school that have been open for less than a year. Councils are comprised of a minimum of seven council members, including the principal, at least two certified teachers elected by teachers, parents (who make up the majority of the council, with at least 2 being businesspersons) and other members as specified in the bylaws.LSCs are advisory bodies that provide recommendations to the school principal and FC Board of Education. Councils meet at least four times a year annually. All meetings and corresponding minutes are open to the public.
LSC meeting agendas and minutes are located in eBoard by selecting "meetings" from the channel bar that runs horizontally across the top of the page. From the drop down menu, select the name of the LSC you are seeking.
The A Plus Education Reform Act of 2000
The A Plus Education Reform Act of 2000 established school councils in Georgia to help communities and schools work closer together in a spirit of cooperation to “solve difficult educational problems, improve academic achievement, provide support for teachers and administrators, and bring parents into the school-based, decision-making process.” School councils provide advice, recommendation, and assistance to principals and local boards of education. The law details the composition of the council, its responsibilities and procedures for conducting business. The 2004 General Assembly in HB 1190 made some changes that provide clarity that school councils are to focus on student achievement and school improvement. The roles and responsibilities of council members who serve on this advising body are:
• Maintain a school-wide perspective on issues
• Regularly participate in council meeting
• Participate in information and training programs
• Act as a link between the school council and the community
• Encourage the participation of parents and others within the school community
• Work to improve student achievement and performance
As noted in HB 1190, Local School Councils are comprised of a minimum of seven (7) council members: The principal, 2 certified teachers elected by the teachers, 2 parents elected by the parents, and 2 business persons. Additional members may be included on the LSC if so specified in the school’s LSC By-laws.