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2021-22 Last Updated: 9/14/2021 8:06 PM


TWES Council By-Laws (adopted 11/2/20) 

JCSS School Councils

O.C.G.A. 20-2-85-86

     The A+ Education reform Act of 2000 for the state of Georgia required that school councils be established at every public school.  These councils are policy-level advisory bodies to the Principal, Superintendent, and the local board of education.  This council may advise and make recommendations on any matter related to school and student improvement.  The purpose of school councils is to being 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.

     The council must consist of the Principal, two certified teachers, and four parents or guardians of students (two of which must be businesspersons).  Members of the council must: 

  • Maintain a school-wide perspective on issues,

  • Regularly participate in council meetings,

  • Participate in information and training programs when needed,

  • Act as a link between the school council and the community,

  • Encourage the participation of parents and others within the school community, and

  • Work to improve student achievement and performance.

For more information about school councils, refer to the Georgia School Council Institute at

Members Meeting Dates Agenda / Minutes
Mr. Jeffrey Tharpe - Principal 9-27-2021 (5:30 pm - Zoom)                                                                
Mrs. Lynn Murdock. (non voting) 10-4-2021 (JCSS Training / Mtg Date)  
Mrs. Brittany Calhoun - Parent
Mrs. Stacie Kelly - Parent
Mrs. Robin Trantham - Parent
Mrs. Haley Watson - Parent
Mrs. Jessica Cobo - Teacher
Mrs. Melinda Westbrook - Teacher

Dr. Nancy Nash - BOE Member

ARCHIVED MEETING DATES (2020-21) Archived Minutes/Agenda  
Monday, October 22, 2020 @6:00pm Virtual See JCSS Council Resource Page (JCSS Training)  
Monday Nov 2nd, 2020 @5:30pm Virtual Nov 2 Agenda-Minutes  
Monday February 8th 2021 @5:30pm Virtual Feb 8 Agenda Minutes  
Monday March 29th, 2021 @5:30pm Virtual Mar 29 Agenda-Minutes  
ARCHIVED MEETING DATES (2019-20) Archived Minutes/Agenda  
Monday, October 28, 2019 @5:30pm Oct 28 Minutes  
Monday December 9th, 2019 @5:30pm Dec. 9th Minutes  
Monday February 10th 2020 @5:30pm Feb 10th - Minutes  
Monday March 30th, 2020 @5:30pm CANCELLED  
* rescheduled from Dec. 2nd    


Turner Woods Elementary School - School Council Representatives Information

Parent – Teacher Nomination Form

August 30, 2021

What is a School Council and what does it do?

The school council is an advisory body organized to assist Turner Woods Elementary School. The council fosters a collaborative relationship among school administrators, parents, teachers, and the business community to provide recommendations for school improvement. School Council meetings are scheduled for a total of four meetings during the school year. Council members will serve in either 1-year or 2-year terms.

Who is on the school council?

The school council will consist of a minimum of seven members: parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school; community members/business partners; two certified full-time teachers; and the principal. The term of office for council members is two years. Council members can serve more than one term. Currently, there is one PARENT  vacancy on the school council.

Why is parent membership so important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Parent representation is essential to the school council initiative. The law requires parents to elect parent representatives to the council. Parents are eligible to serve on the school council if they have one or more children presently enrolled at Turner Woods.

How can you become involved?

If you or someone you know is a parent/guardian of a child who is enrolled as a student at Turner Woods, you might consider nominating yourself or others for election as a member of the school council.

Do I need special experience to be on the school council?

No. What is needed are members with an interest in their child’s school and the desire to work with other parents, community members, teachers, and administrators to create a better understanding of and mutual respect for each other’s concerns and share ideas to foster school improvement.

What is the process for the school council elections?


  • We will accept nominations from Monday August 30, 2021 until Friday, September 10, 2021 (2pm). Please be sure if you are nominating someone else, they have accepted the nomination. Nomination forms will be available for download from the school website or a physical copy will be available in the front office. Completed nomination forms should be sent back to your child’s teacher or submitted to the front office by 2:00 pm on Friday, September 10, 2021
  • Member/representative elections to the TWES School Council will be held by casting ballots on Monday, September 13, 2021 @5:30pm (TWES Media Center)
  • Each family member may vote for one parent (TWES parent or JCSS employee parent of student @ TWES) to serve as a parent representative.
  • Certified teacher representative(s) will vote for ONE certified TWES teacher to serve as a Teacher representative. Only one ballot per certified teacher for each teacher candidate shall be completed. Preferred that both nominating and nominated teacher/parent must be present to participate in this process. Elected members will be announced on our website / Social Media following the conclusion of the called meeting.


If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the school at 478-986-2222.