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    We are adding one more parent to our School Site Council (SSC). If you know someone who would be a great fit for our SSC, or if you would like to nominate yourself, please click here.

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    What is School Site Council?

    School Site Council Overview

    The school site council is a collaborative group of teachers, parents, classified employees, and students (at the high school level) that works with the principal to develop, review, and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets. Members are typically elected by their peers—parents elect parent representatives, and teachers elect teacher representatives.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    The specific duties of school site councils can vary by state and district, but generally include making decisions or advising the principal on the school budget and academic or school improvement plans. Additionally, many councils are responsible for decisions related to parent engagement, safety, and discipline.

    Throughout the year, the council typically:

    • Considers the goals of the school or district.
    • Works with the principal to evaluate the school's progress toward these goals using data such as test scores, attendance and discipline records, parent surveys, and student input.
    • Develops a plan for improvement based on this evaluation, which may involve new academic programs, staffing changes, or parent outreach strategies.

    For example:

    One council might allocate funds for a new math program.

    • Another might hire a reading specialist or an additional teacher to reduce class sizes.
    • Yet another might appoint a parent liaison to increase parental involvement.

    Decision-Making Authority

    The level of authority held by the site council can vary:

    • In some schools, the council merely advises the principal without decision-making power.
    • In other schools, the council has significant authority over staffing and budgeting decisions, and may even evaluate the principal and hire teachers.

    Even when councils have similar official duties, their level of involvement can differ. Some councils defer to the principal's judgment, while others are actively involved in developing new programs and overseeing major school changes.

    Successful school site councils are engaged and proactive, asking thoughtful and challenging questions rather than serving as a “rubber stamp” committee. Members are expected to represent the interests of the entire school community and often focus on closing achievement gaps between different student groups.

    How to Get Involved

    If you're interested in school policy or budgets, consider serving on your school's site council. To learn more:

    • Attend a site council meeting or speak with the school principal.
    • Contact the school secretary to understand the selection process.
    • Explore resources provided by the Education Commission of the States and your school district's website for more information on the official roles and responsibilities of school site councils.