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Lexington, Kentucky

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  • Dear Southern Families,

    Site Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council is an important governing body at Southern and all Kentucky public schools. SBDM councils make important decisions related to student achievement and continuous school improvement. SBDM council reviews and makes decisions about budgets and school expenditures, staffing needs and determinations, school policies, and much more. Meetings are held once a month for approximately one hour (longer if necessary) and the meeting schedule will be set so that all members can attend. 


    Each year teacher and parent elections are held in the spring to make up a council of 3 teachers, 2 parents, and 1 chairperson (the principal). Within that structure, Kentucky state law requires at least one minority teacher or parent is an elected representative. Kentucky defines minority as an ethnicity of African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander. 


    This year our teacher and parent elections did not yield a minority representative. When that happens a special election is held to elect a minority teacher and parent making a council of 4 teachers, 3 parents, and 1 chairperson.  At this time I am calling for nominations for the minority parent representative for the 18-19 school year. Nominations are open now (8:45 p.m. on July 31) and will close on 5:00 p.m. Aug 6. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else (make sure to gain their approval first) please email me the nominations. 


    If you decide to nominate yourself or are nominated with permission, I need you to submit a paragraph giving background information about you, your family and children, and why being a member of SBDM council is important to you. If you have any questions, need additional information or clarification, please do not hesitate to email me ( or call me at school (381-3589). I am more than willing to provide what you need.


    Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to seeing you and your families very soon. 



    Leigh Ann McLaughlin




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