of Council | How Members are
Selected | Frequently
|Sewell Site Council Meeting,
is a School Council?
|A representative body of stakeholders working together to make
|for the school, to improve student achievement.|
Membership of the School Council as required by state statue (ARS
|Students (Required at the High School Level)|
|Parents of Students at the School. Parents cannot be school district
* Number of teachers and parents must be equal and constitute a
majority of the school council.
The school council shall reflect the ethnic composition of the local
is the function of the School Council?
|Representative body of stakeholders at a school site.|
|Collaborative decision-making body working together to
improve student performance.|
|Informed body which ensures that federal and state law,
district and school policies are implemented.|
|Proactive body which utilizes school data to improve student
performance, forms committees and task forces, and researches,
develops, and implements site specific proposals, innovations and
policies such as MAP.|
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Initial Membership Selection
|Initial representatives shall be selected at public meetings held at
the school site. (ARS 15-351-4)|
|The current team may be the initial school council if:
|The number of teachers and parents is equal and constitutes a
majority of the council.|
|The council membership reflects the ethnic composition of the
|The council membership was selected by their membership groups.|
Subsequent Membership Selection
|Once the Constitution/Bylaws are developed and ratified, the
representatives for the subsequent school council shall be selected by
their membership groups, according to the Constitution/Bylaws. The
initial representatives are NOT precluded from being on the subsequent
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asked Questions and Answers:
What are some functions for the School
School Council is a body of stakeholders at the school
site who work together and make decisions to improve student
School Councils utilize school data to improve student
performance, form committees and task forces, research, develop, and
implement site specific proposals, innovations and policies such as
How often should meetings be held?
The initial school council meets at least 4 times each
When does the School Council deal with
The School Council is involved with the school budget
when it has successfully progressed to Phase III of the SDM process.
What is the reason for parents and
teachers being represented equally on the School Council?
State law requires that there must be equal number of
parents and teachers and that they constitute a majority of the
council. Equity provides parents and teachers the opportunity to
retain a strong voice on the School Council.
How are members selected?
State law and Board Policy requires that
representative groups shall select representatives (members). In other
words, parents select parents, teachers select teachers, etc. The
selection process should be delineated in the Constitution/By-Laws at
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