What the school site council does
The school site council is a group of teachers, parents, and classified employees that work with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school
budgets. The members of the site council are generally elected by their
peers. For example, parents elect the parent representatives and
teachers elect teachers.
The exact duties of school site councils vary, but site councils generally
either make decisions or advise the principal on the school budget and the academic or school improvement plan. In addition to academic
planning, many site councils are also responsible for making decisions
about parent engagement, safety and discipline.
Over the course of a year, a typical council might consider the goals
of the school or district and then work with the principal to evaluate
the school's progress toward those goals. In this evaluation, the
council might consider school test scores, attendance and discipline
records, parent surveys and input from students.
After looking at the big picture of the school's progress, the
council and the principal create a plan for improvement. This plan
might involve a new academic program, staff member or parent outreach
strategy. For example, one council might use funds to develop a new
math program, while another might decide to hire a reading specialist.
Another council might decide that hiring an additional teacher to reduce
class sizes in a particular grade or a parent liaison to get more
parents involved would be the best use of its money. Because school
budgets are limited and many funds can only be spent in certain ways,
there are always tough decisions to make.
Monthly meeting calendar and time is always 5:30 pm:
November 6, 2014
December 4, 2014
February 5, 2015
March 5, 2015
April 2, 2015
May 7, 2015