The Savannah-Chatham Public School Board’s two-day retreat at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel has resulted in a long list of school improvement goals for district officials to pursue.
The most radical of the proposed goals would redraw attendance zone lines in west Chatham County and turn Mercer Middle and Port Wentworth Elementary into K-8 schools next year to help address overcrowding issues on the westside.
There was also discussion about changing high school attendance policies and redirecting specialty program resources so students throughout the district have access to all of the state mandated career pathway programs.
“We want to get to the point where all truly means all,” Lockamy said.
Some complained that the $7,300 retreat seemed excessive for a board that raised the millage rate, cut jobs and eliminated programs, but board president Joe Buck said it was important for members and staff to get away from political distractions and daily demands so they could focus on major issues facing the district.