The South Alabama Research and Inservice Center (SARIC) was established by the Alabama legislature in 1984-85 as one of eleven regional centers whose purpose is to provide professional development to the K-12 educators in designated public school systems in its geographic region. SARIC has been funded yearly since 1984-85.
SARIC serves over 7,500 educators in the Baldwin County Schools, Chickasaw City Schools, Clarke County Schools, Gulf Shores City Schools, Mobile County Schools, Monroe County Schools, Satsuma City Schools, Saraland City Schools, Thomasville City Schools and Washington County Schools.
Designated Critical Needs Areas
By mandate of the Alabama State Board of Education, the following areas have been designated as critical needs areas and, thereby, constitute the areas in which SARIC may provide professional development: language arts; math; science; social studies; technology; special education; health; library/media; economics, administration; and, guidance/counseling.
In addition to offering professional development programs and activities for the schools in its region, SARIC administers several major projects, including Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI).
During the summer when educators are most available for professional development, SARIC offers a wide range of programs that are open to all public school educators in its region. There is no charge for participation in these programs.
SARIC’s sixteen member Governing Board is comprised of teachers, school administrators, higher education representatives, an Alabama Department of Education representative, and a lay citizen. These governing board members, representing each of the school districts in the SARIC service area, set policy, approve staff development programs, ensure accountability, and provide guidance to ensure that SARIC efforts are aligned with local school district needs.