Join the PCAC
Join the Parent Community Advisory Council of District 5 Atlanta Board of Education
Board Member Erika Y. Mitchell seeks parents/ guardians of public school students from all grade levels (pre-K to 12th grade) and community member to serve on the Parent Community Advisory Council (PCAC). The PCAC’s mission is to advise Board Member Erika Y. Mitchell on issues of concern to families of students in our public schools and community members. PCAC members are unpaid volunteers and serve for a two-year term.
The PCAC works to:
Actively reach out to communicate with families across the city, to understand and represent parent perspectives about school programs, student services, and other district policy issues
Present recommendations to Board Member Erika Y. Mitchell to support academic achievement among all public school children
Ensure that Board of Education policy decisions are informed by the voices of parents and guardians who reflect the district’s student populations.
Interested in becoming a PCAC member?
Eligibility: To be eligible for the PCAC, you must be the parent or guardian of a student enrolled in an Atlanta public school, including Early Education pre-kindergarten schools and community member that reside in District 5.
Membership Requirements: Members of the PCAC are expected to attend PCAC meetings once a month during the school year, and to help represent the PCAC at a School Board meeting each year. PCAC members are also expected to help organize and conduct community meetings, attend occasional meetings with Board Member Erika Y. Mitchell or APS staff, and participate in parent outreach activities. PCAC members spend six to ten hours a month during the school year on these activities.
Appointing New Members
PCAC members are appointed by Board Member Erika Y. Mitchell. The PCAC does outreach to recruit parents and guardians to apply for open seats on the PAC. We interview all candidates and then adopt a list of candidates to present to Board Member Erika Y. Mitchell as nominations for the open seats. The PCAC takes seriously the commitment to reflect and represent the diversity of the APS’s student and family population – across language, ethnicity, socio-economic background, neighborhoods and types of schools in district 5. The PCAC sometimes leaves seats open to conduct outreach in specific communities that are under-represented among PCAC members.
Note: The Parent Community Advisory Council does not take the place of district advisory groups such as the GoTeams, PTA's and/ or District Advisory Committee which advise the APS on specific programs.