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School Director's Welcome

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On behalf of our SKTCS educators, we would like to welcome you
to the 2023 – 2024 school year. We are excited about the new year
and the commitment we’ve made to our scholars. It is our desire
ALL scholars attending SKTCS K-8th grade will be provided with a
rigorous high quality place-based education.
Three goals I have set for this year are to: establish a learning
environment centered around our scholars, create opportunities
for our families to engage in our school, and rebuild our school
culture. I appreciate your continued partnership and support as we
grow together to become the best charter school in all of Georgia!
Our SKTCS community and I wish you a wonderful 2023 – 2024
school year!

Dr. Yanis Medina

Susie King Taylor Community School is a K-8 charter school serving the Chatham County community. The faculty and staff of SKTCS school empower students to develop critical thinking, cultivate their creativity, & develop academically. We strive to foster compassionate, emerging scholars of truth and integrity. It is our hope to foster compassionate, curious, creative, and confident global citizens who are stewards of truth-seeking, simplicity, integrity, community, and equal respect for all.

Artistic depiction of Susie King Taylor - imagined and curated by Artist Charles Maring

Our Namesake

    Susie King Taylor was born into slavery in 1848 and lived in Savannah, GA. She was the first African American to teach openly in a school for the formerly slaved in Georgia. She served as a nurse, laundress, and teacher during the Civil War. She taught many of the black soldiers to read and write during their off-duty hours.

     As the author of Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S. C. Volunteers, she was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences. You can read more about her at Georgia Encyclopedia.

    In 2019 the Georgia Historical Society erected a historical marker honoring Susie King Taylor. It is located near the Midway First Presbyterian Church in Midway, GA.

 

Each school year, SKTCS students learn about Susie King Taylor and her legacy of courage and perseverance.

School Governance 

Susie King Taylor Community School is a Charter School serving grades kindergarten through eighth grades. Its charter is upheld by the administrative team, teaching staff, stakeholders, & governing board members of Susie King Taylor Community School. The school is managed under the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) along with The State Board of Education (SBOE). The day-to-day operations fall under the authority of the School Director and administrative team and are delegated to the teaching staff.

Board Committees

Finance & Facilities

Responsible for creating the upcoming fiscal year budget; presenting budget recommendations to the Board; monitoring implementation of the approved budget on a regular basis and recommending proposed budget revisions; recommending to the Board appropriate policies for the management of the charter school’s assets. Assists and advises the Board regarding its responsibility for oversight of SKTCS buildings and facility safety.

Student Success

Provides appropriate board oversight of the academic program by ensuring that the school’s educational program is positively impacting student achievement and by raising strategic academic issues for board discussion.

 

Student Success Meetings
Fourth Thursday, · 3:45 – 4:45pm
Time zone: America/New_York
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/ctj-rvgv-duy
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 636-495-1538‬ PIN: ‪195 071 252‬#

Executive 

Responsibilities are to act on behalf of the board on urgent issues when the full board is not able to meet, and to lead the performance evaluation process for the School Director.

Governance

Responsibilities are to ensure the board is governing effectively and revitalizing itself. It is the responsible for providing leadership for board education, ensuring a strategically composed board is in place to govern the institution, nominating candidates for officer positions and committee membership, nominating and orienting new board members, ensuring an effective governance structure, and ensuring an effective board self-assessment process.

Governance Committee Meetings
Third Thursday, · 5:30 – 7:30pm
Time zone: America/New_York
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/yjs-zqrs-yep
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 720-500-3682‬ PIN: ‪280 209 549‬#

Development and Outreach

Provides leadership, strategic direction, oversight, and accountability for the board’s fundraising, and grant activities. This group also works to create connections between SKTCS and surrounding communities.

Development & Outreach Committee Meetings 
Third Wednesday, · 1:00 – 2:00pm
Time zone: America/New_York
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/wpv-iuhj-mok

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 585-491-8308‬ PIN: ‪685 189 585‬#

Interested in serving on our board or on a committee?

Governing Board Meetings 

Governing Board meetings are held every second Wednesday:

Working Sessions from 5-6:00pm.

Meetings from 6-7:30pm

 

Monthly Board Meeting

Second Wednesday  Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81676141450?pwd=M29USnhNS3BIdGFxZkVGQjdOdGpQdz09

Meeting ID: 816 7614 1450 Passcode: uzC30n

Charter Documents 

Board Members 

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