Who is the School Community Council and what do they do?
Every school must have a School Community Council (council) that consists of the principal, school employees and parents. The majority of members are parents. Parents represent parent perspectives on issues and in votes made by the council.
The council is responsible to review and propose changes to academic school plans each year. The School Improvement Plan and School LAND Trust Plan outline the student’s greatest academic needs and include an action plan to address them. Both plans are approved by the local school board and then implemented at the school. The School LAND Trust Plan is implemented with funds that increase every year. The council decides how the money is to be spent in the plan.
Councils have other responsibilities:
- Parents may bring issues of concern to the council seeking solutions. The council may choose to address them or recommend another group or entity better suited to implement solutions.
- The council may also create programs or projects to improve the parent, student, and faculty school experience.
- They may make recommendations to the administration of the school and district.
What is the time commitment?
Parents on the council will spend around one hour monthly in the meeting. Community members may also visit with council members to express concerns or make recommendations.
When and where do they meet?
The council meets monthly usually on the third Wednesday in the principal’s office. Please check the monthly newsletter to find exact date and time each month.
Why do parents participate? Does it matter that I participate?
Parents have a majority voice in a forum where issues of concern or recommendations for their students will be heard and addressed.
Parent voices of all student populations need to be included in the conversation about what is best for students.
Parents have input in the School Improvement Plan and in how the funds from the School LAND Trust Program will be spent. Parents have the majority vote.