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Each person serving on a council, regardless of position, is committed to serving the school and supporting student achievement. The following list is a place to start for members and leaders alike.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A SITE COUNCIL MEMBER?
- Demonstrate a desire to help school succeed and make a difference in the education of children
- Prepare for and attend monthly meeting
- Work to increase family and community involvement
- Learn about you school/ site
- Share responsibility for creating a collaborative working model and a welcoming environment
- Actively participate in meetings
Once we understand our roles and responsibilities as site council members, we are better equipped to do our best work...together.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A CHAIR/ CO-CHAIR?
- Create a partnership with the principal/ site administrator and co-chair(s)
- Lead you team's growth and development
- Identify and prioritize issues to be discussed at meeting
- Listen to members and serve their needs
- Work with the principal/ administrator and council members to set agendas
- Demonstrate strong organizational and communication skills
- Work closely with district offices (e.g., site-based, shared decisions) to understand the role of site councils
- Learn about and assist principal in communicating district's long-term goals
- Translate education jargon into real language for all member (avoid edu-babble)
- Obtain and communicate a general knowledge of district's budget and budgeting process
- Facilitate effective meetings
- Help site council achieve consensus on decisions
- Help ensure site council
- Make every member feel welcome and empowered to speak at council meetings
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE PRINCIPAL/ SITE ADMINISTRATOR?
While principals/ site administrators have the final decision-making authority and responsibility, they are enabled to make the best decision by considering the input of their site council members:
- Serve as the final decision-making authority
- Communicate information necessary for site team to make informed decision (e.g., district and school board requirements)
- Serve as spokesperson for school (first responder to questions, concerns, or new ideas regarding the school)
- Facilitate solutions between students, staff, and parents regarding individual or school-wide achievement concerns
- Create and facilitate opportunities for family and community involvement and support
- Lead the development of a school direction and vision
- Manage the school budget
- Work collaboratively, in partnership, with all members of the site council
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A SITE COUNCIL?
The primary role of a site council is to improve student achievement. Ways to do this may include:
- Help shape, define, and support site vision, mission and goals
- Help shape site procedures
- Provide a forum for issues to be addressed
- Participate in the development and monitoring of the school improvement plan (SCIP)
- Help plan and prioritize the school budget
- Drive school change and develop conditions for academic success for all students
- Have input into the selection of the school principal
- Determine and remove barriers to success for all students
The Leadership Support Team (LST) assists principals, co-chairs and site council members in building leadership capacity. LST services are offered free to district site councils and are provided through the Office of Leadership Development & Site Based Improvement
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SITE COUNCILS PLEASE CONTACT:
Office of Leadership Development