SAVANNAH, GA – June 3, 2020 – Savannah Classical Academy’s (SCA) Director, Mr. Barry Lollis, has been selected as one of only ten Charter School representatives in the state of Georgia to serve on a new COVID-19 Charter School Task Force. This initiative has been established to provide a state-wide brain trust of charter school leaders to be at the forefront of problem-solving critical issues as the nation emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new task force will play a crucial role in forging a way forward for educators and students in today’s environment of a “new-normal” incorporating social distancing and increased sanitation. When the pandemic hit, SCA was at the forefront of schools in Georgia in planning and implementing a switch to remote learning, providing technology devices, as well as feeding programs for students in need.
Mr. Barry Lollis joined the SCA family in 2017 as Director of Curriculum and Instruction with 11 years of experience as a public high school principal. He quickly demonstrated his commitment to the charter school model while remaining true to the values, vision and mission of SCA and was appointed Director of the K-12 charter school in 2018. In early 2019, the Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, Geoff Duncan, appointed Mr. Lollis as the only charter school leader to become a member of the Georgia Department of Education’s Charter Advisory Committee. He previously served on the Governor’s Education Advisory Board in 2015/16.
“I’m honored to have been selected for the COVID-19 Charter School Task Force and am personally committed to delivering the best education possible for students in a safe environment as we traverse this novel time in our history,” said Mr. Lollis. “The opportunity to collaborate with experts from all over Georgia as we work to determine best practices will be a great benefit for all Georgia schools. I hope to be able to share information with the COVID-19 committee recently established by SCCPSS as they plan the next school year for traditional schools in Chatham county.”
SCA is a K-12 charter school which is open to all students residing in Chatham County, is funded by the public education system but retains a charter that allows it to operate autonomously under a board of parents and community members. To learn more about SCA, visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org.
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The Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) was founded in Chatham County in 2013 as a lottery enrollment public charter school. SCA’s mission is to provide every child with a classical and academically rigorous education while instilling a commitment to civic virtue and moral character. SCA is committed to developing literate and articulate students who will become active, responsible members of the community and will make a positive contribution to society.