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2019-2020 SSC Meeting Calendar
 
2019-2020 SSC Meeting Agendas
2019-2020 SSC Minutes
SSC ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Role of the Council:

The School Site Council (SSC) is a team of the principal (or designee), teachers other school personnel, parents, students, and community members, that develops the mission and goals for the improvement of an individual school community:

Responsibilities of the Council:
 
  • Write the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)
  • Submit the plan for Board approval
  • Budget supplemental resources (categorical funds)
  • Implement the plan
  • Conduct a self-study – evaluate how successfully the plan meets stated goals
  • Revise the plan to meet the changing needs of the students
  • Review and allocate available supplemental categorical funds
  • Implement the revised plan

Responsibilities of Individual Council Members:
 
  • Regularly attend School Site Council meetings
  • Become knowledgeable and have a commitment to the Single Plan for Student Achievement and its processes
  • Actively participate in School Site Council duties, including serving on Standing and Special Committees
  • Be able to serve the full term for which you are elected
  • Communicate your knowledge and concerns to the School, the District, and the Community, thus becoming an advocate for improved public education and its changing needs
 
 
2019-2020 Dayton School Plan
WHAT DOES THE SSC DO?

The basic purpose of the School Site Council is to advise the principal on matters related to educational needs and goals, opinions and attitudes of stakeholders, and methods to improve communication.

The principal is the instructional leader in the school, and must have authority over the entire school program. The principal must provide a cooperative environment, including early and continuous two-way communication with the SSC.

The SSC has responsibility for developing the Single Plan for Student Achievement, and may fulfill that responsibility in a number of ways. Most commonly, the SSC will delegate the tasks of data gathering and analysis, development of strategies for program improvement, and the allocation of budgetary resources to a school leadership team.

More successful schools establish a team composed of the principal, lead teachers and other key staff to formulate strategies. Regardless of how the SSC proceeds in developing the school plan, it must be reviewed and approved by the SSC prior to forwarding to the Board of Education for review and approval.

Once the initial School Plan has been developed and implemented, it needs to be reviewed regularly to determine which goals, objectives, strategies, activities, and expenditures should be modified. Since funds are appropriated annually, schools should review their allocations on an annual basis and establish a new budget or make modifications in the plan if necessary.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL IS NOT...

A policy making body – The District Board of Education sets policy.

A political organization – School Site Councils do not take stands on political issues but may assist the Board of Education in efforts to lobby bipartisan support for educational issues.

A personnel committee – The Superintendent, the District Personnel Office and the school principal are responsible for the selection and placement of staff (with Board approval) and all other personnel issues.

A grievance committee – Other procedures are available to air grievances

A fund raising organization – The School Site Council develops and approves those budgets included in their decision-making domains, which come from education budgets and grants. 

A school management committee – The principal is the school manager who works cooperatively with the School Site Council. Once the plan, with the included budget, has been approved, it is the responsibility of the principal to approve and oversee appropriate expenditures. 

An extension of PTA or Parent Club – It is advisable to maintain good communications and working relationships with all school support organizations, but activities of the School Site Council are independent of other organizations. 

A social group – The CDE mandates the representative membership ratio of an School Site Council and directs that the School Site Council bylaws include a membership selection process for each group.