School Governance Council



What is SGC?

The purpose of the School Governance Council is to provide parents, school staff, and community members with a leadership role in the management of the school.  The School Governance Council is a governing body that is representative of the community and the school, but operates under the control and management of the Board of Education.  The Council is responsible for making decisions regarding the strategic direction of the school including:

a.)  Approve the school strategic plan and updates
b.)  Approve the annual budget and annual resource allocations
c.)  Manage the Request for Flexibility Process
d.)  Participate in hiring the principal (in the case of a vacancy)
e.)  Provide annual feedback on principal performance.

Meet the SGC Election Candidates


Kirsten A. Pannek
My name is Kirsten Pannek and I will be a “freshman mom” at RHS in the fall. For the last 4 years I’ve been a member of the Crabapple Middle School family. I currently serve as the Graduation Coach, where I am responsible for the 504 plans and the RTI process. Every day I see how my colleagues impact the lives of students and I’m so thankful to work in such a nurturing community. The work our teachers and school leaders do each day is difficult, but so rewarding! Our schools are more effective when parents and teachers partner to make decisions that impact our children. I want to be part of that process at Roswell High. In July, I will graduate with my Educational Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership. My career has included 21 years as a classroom teacher, and 3 years as the Graduation Coach. In 2016, it was an honor to be chosen to serve as Crabapple’s Teacher-of-the-Year. Prior to my time at CMS, I taught at Webb Bridge Middle, where I was elected to serve as a member of the School Governance Council. I was also elected to serve on the Local School Advisory Committee while my son was a student at Dunwoody Springs Elementary. When I’m not at work or spending time on my graduate work, you can find me in the bleachers watching my son play basketball or on the sofa devouring a book. I grew up in Dunwoody and am a proud product of Fulton County schools. I consider it a blessing to be a member of the Roswell community, and I’d love to serve as a member of the SGC at Roswell High!

Meredith Tullis Pierard
My name is Meredith Tullis Pierard, and I am the mother of a rising 9th grader at Roswell HS. I am interested in representing parents on RHS’s School Governance Council next year. I believe that as a parent, I have a responsibility to help guide the decision-making process to maximize our school’s educational potential for our children. I am a licensed speech language pathologist, and am currently working in the healthcare field. This experience gives me a unique perspective on education, and the needs of our children – including those with special needs. I was elected as a member of the inaugural SGC at Sweet Apple ES and would love the opportunity to serve again. I am aware of the time commitment and am willing to dedicate myself to making Roswell HS the best it can be. Thank you.


Angela Hornsby
I am a first year ESOL teacher at Roswell HS with a master’s degree in English Education from Georgia State University. I spent the first part of my adult life trying to ignore the calling for teaching that bumped in my heart with each beat. In all my jobs, I found myself gravitating towards people and wanting to share everything I knew in order to make their lives easier. Those moments – the ones when I felt useful – were the moments that gave my day a purpose, a reason to be around. The thought of joining the teaching field was a constant whisper in my ear that became deafening day after day at my unfulfilling jobs, and one day, it simply became too painful to ignore anymore. Enrolling at Roswell has been a dream come true because I love every part of teaching: the students, the struggles, the questions, the decisiveness of it all. Teaching has become a great source of comfort and creativity for me and I look forward to stepping into my classroom at 6:45 each and every morning. With a pedagogical foundation assembled from concepts like Funds of Knowledge, project-based learning, as well urban education and student-driven autonomy in the classroom, I have been able to successfully build a classroom that feels like home to both myself and my students. I wish to serve my students outside the classroom in any and every way possible, and my unrelenting resolve will no doubt make some progressive waves toward the type of change we all wish to grant our students.

Dr. Erika Zeidler
I have been teaching in Georgia for 16 years, and in that time, I have taught grades 9-12 English Language Arts on multiple levels. I have taught remedial students through honors, and from those classroom experiences, I feel I have a strong understanding of the varying needs of students. In addition to my classroom experience, I have worked as the Student Support Team Coordinator for the last 4 years. In this role, I assess the needs of students that are below grade level and provide interventions for them to be able to meet current curricular standards. Additionally, I volunteered to be on the Graduation Rate Committee. In this role, I work with a team to examine student data and brainstorm ideas to help students be more successful in the classroom and graduate. In the past, I have served as a Cheerleading Coach working with parents, sponsors, and other members of the community. I also have served as a member of Data Management and School Improvement Councils. In these roles, I worked with other team members to create a five-year school improvement plan and met with the SACS-CASI accreditation board while applying for district-wide renewal. I would like an opportunity to serve on the SCG to share my experience with the council and have a positive impact on improvements in my own school. I feel my varied classroom and service experiences allow me to view the needs of the whole school rather than one group within our multifaceted community.

Ginny Hartigan
I have been an educator for nearly 15 years. This is my 10th year at Roswell High School; I teach science, have coached here, and sponsored one of the biggest student club organizations in the school. Seven years ago, I chose to move my family to this town so that I could be an active member of the community and my children could attend the feeder schools. What sets this school apart from all the others in this area is our culture. I believe in the culture of RHS, want to continue to cultivate it, and ensure that all of our students get an unmatched education both academically, socially, and emotionally. I would like to serve on the School Governance Council to have an opportunity to work on behalf of my colleagues in guiding the long term growth of our school. 

Steffen Mathis
I am an English Language Arts teacher in my second year with Fulton County Schools. In my previous career, I worked in book publishing. I got into teaching after volunteering with an after-school program for literacy. I saw so much growth in these volunteer-led sessions, that I decided that I would like to reach children through reading. In my previous career I held a managerial role and worked with planning and budgeting. I feel that my educational and professional experience qualify me to serve on the School Governance Council. I want to serve in this position because I think that my perspective will be valuable as I’m hearing much that comes from students for the first time and am paying attention to details and considering the whole student’s potential. I would love to learn more about the initiatives in the school and the district and contribute to the process of making decisions that grow the school.

SGC Council Elections
Join the Journey!  The SGC Election Phases:
February 4-26  Candidate Declaration
February 27-March 16 Get to Know the SGC Candidates
March 17-24 School-wide Voting via a link in your email
Candidate Declaration Forms can be found here.
SGC Candidate Guide
Spanish Version

It’s School Governance Council (SGC) elections season again! SGC elections are a way for parents and teachers who are elected onto the council to have a role in the vision and direction of the school. Our SGC plays a critical role in the success of our school. The SGC works with school leadership and the community to help determine the long-term direction of the school, design innovative solutions to increase academic achievement, and serve as school ambassadors to the local community.  Please consider running for council by filling out this Candidate Declaration Form.
Interested in more information about the School Governance Council and what it means to be a Charter System school? Please watch this video.

RFF Update:

The Roswell SGC met on 11/20/2019 and reviewed the Request for Flexibility for Digital Learning Days on 04/21/20 and 05/19/20.
Roswell Administration made a recommendation to keep 05/19/20 as a Digital Learning Day due to Senior Graduations.
Roswell Administration made a recommendation to submit an RFF to have school on 04/21/20, since testing will take place during this week. 

The SGC Council Voted and Approved the Recommendation to propose an RFF to have school on April 21, 2020.
Public Comment is now Open for this RFF.
Please submit your comments by email to the SGC Chair by January 3rd 2020.
Public Comment will be reviewed on the January 8th 2020 meeting.
A Vote will be held to Finalize the RFF on January 8th 2020.

Strategic Plan:

RHS Strategic Plan 2014

RHS Strategic Plan 2022

RHS Monitoring Tool Baseline Yr. 1

RHS Monitoring Tool 2018-2022 Yr. 2

Public Comment Protocol:

The Roswell High School Governance Council welcomes public comment at its meetings whenever a Public Comment time is provided for on the meeting Agenda. A Public Comment time will be provided for in at least half of the Council’s meetings in each calendar year. Public comment is limited to up to three minutes per individual, with a maximum of five individuals allowed per meeting, for a maximum Public Comment period of 15 minutes.

School and community stakeholders are welcome to attend SGC meetings to remain abreast of the work of the Council, but they can only participate in the meeting during the scheduled periods for Public Comment. The Public Comment period is designed to gain input from the public and not for immediate responses by the Council to the public comment presented. Individuals wishing to make public comments at said meetings may express their desire to do so in one of the following ways:

  1. Contact the Chair of the School Governance Council via email before the meeting.
  2. Sign in on a form to be provided at the meeting.

Priority is given to those who emailed, in the order in which those emails were received. If fewer than five commenters email, Commenters who sign in on said form will be allowed to follow, in the order in which they sign in. No more than five commenters will be allowed per meeting.

Council Members
Please contact Council Members below, with issues and/or questions:

2019-2020 Roswell High School SGC Members

 Name Email Position/Term
Dr. Robert Shaw Principal – Ongoing
Erika Lewis,
Chair 2-yr Elected Parent/Guardian Representative thru 19-20​
Laura Hunter,
Vice-Chair 2-yr Appointed Staff Representative thru 20-21​
Dr. Khalilah Williams,
Parliamentarian 2-yr Elected Parent/Guardian Representative thru 20-21
Lashonta Flemister ​2-yr Elected Teacher Representative thru 19-20
Amanda Brickhouse 2-yr Appointed Staff Representative thru 19-20
 Dylan Penick  ​​​ 2-yr Appointed Community Representative thru 20-21
 Debra Martino 2-yr Appointed Community Representative thru 19-20
 Darlene Trigg 2-yr Elected Parent/Guardian Representative thru 20-21
 Valerie Pettit 2-yr Elected Teacher Representative thru 20-21

Abby Brown

Student Member
Will Foster Student Member

David Lemon

Student Member
Budget and Finance Committee
Lashonta Flemister, Chair
Erika Lewis
Amanda Brickhouse
Dylan Penick
Outreach and Communications Committee
Debra Martino, Chair
Laura Hunter
Dr. Khalilah Williams
Darlene Trigg
Valerie Pettit

Meeting Dates

Date Time Location
July 17, 2019 8:00 am Media Ctr.
August 28, 2019 4:00 pm Media Ctr.
September 25, 2019 4:00 pm Media Ctr.
October 9, 2019 4:00 pm Media Ctr.
November 20, 2019 4:00 pm Media Ctr.
January 8, 2020 4:00 pm Media Ctr.
February 26, 2020 4:00 pm Media Ctr.
March 25, 2020 – CANCELED 4:00 pm Media Ctr.
April 22, 2020 4:00 pm Media Ctr.
May 27, 2020 4:00 pm Media Ctr.
June 24, 2020 4:00 pm Media Ctr.

2019 Dates

January 9, 2019: Agenda, Brief, Minutes

January 23, 2019: Agenda, Brief, Minutes

February 27, 2019: Agenda, BriefMinutes

March 13, 2019: Agenda, Brief, Minutes

March 27, 2019: Agenda, Brief, Minutes

April 24, 2019: Agenda, Brief, Minutes

May 8, 2019: Agenda, Brief, Minutes

June 12, 2019: Agenda, Brief, Minutes

July 17, 2019: Agenda, Brief, Minutes

August 28, 2019: Agenda, Brief, Minutes

September 25, 2019: Agenda, Brief, Minutes

October 9, 2019: Agenda, Brief, Minutes

November 20, 2019: Agenda, Brief, Minutes

2020 Dates

January 8, 2020: Agenda, Brief, Minutes

February 26, 2020: Agenda, Brief

Requests for Flexibility

Roswell APPROVED RFF – Personal Fitness

Roswell APPROVED RFF – General Study Skills Course

Roswell APPROVED RFF – Professional Learning Days (approved Jan 2016)

SGC RHS Virtual General Study Skills Course RFF

SGC RHS Personal Fitness RFF


Archives 2014-2018

SGC Guidance

SGC Handbook

Public Comment Protocol

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