BQA(LOCAL) - PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS: DISTRICT-LEVEL
Teaming for Excellence in Education Committee
In compliance with Education Code 11.251, the Teaming for Excellence in Education (TEE) Committee shall advise the Board or its designee in establishing and reviewing the District's educational goals, objectives, and major Districtwide classroom instructional programs identified by the Board or its designee. The committee shall serve exclusively in an advisory role except that the committee shall approve staff development of a Districtwide nature.
The Board or its designee shall name the chairperson of the committee.
The chairperson of the committee shall set its agenda, and shall schedule at least three meetings per year; additional meetings may be held at the call of the chairperson. All committee meetings shall be held outside of the regular school day.
Duties of Committee
The committee shall perform duties as described in BQA(LEGAL).
There shall be no votes taken; all decisions shall be reached by consensus.
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the District-level committee obtains broad-based community, parent, and staff input and provides information to those persons on a systematic basis. Methods of communication may include, but not be limited to:
Articles regarding the work of the committee in District and campus publications or on the District's Web site.
News releases to the local media regarding the work of the committee.
Periodic reports on the work of the committee that may be posted on campus bulletin boards.
The committee shall be composed of members who shall represent campus-based professional staff, District-level professional staff, parents, businesses, and the community.
The following shall apply for the purpose of establishing the composition of the committee:
District-level professional staff shall be defined as professionals who have responsibilities at more than one campus, including, but not limited to, central office staff.
A parent is a person who stands in parental relation to a student and is not an employee of the District.
A community representative must not be a parent, shall reside in the District, and be at least 18 years of age.
A business representative includes a member without regard to whether the individual resides in the District or whether the business the person represents is located in the District.
The committee shall include six parents of students currently enrolled within the District, selected in accordance with administrative procedures. The Superintendent shall, through various channels, inform all parents of District students about the committee's duties and composition, and shall solicit volunteers. [See BQA(LEGAL)]
The committee shall include at least two community members selected by a process that provides for adequate representation of the community's diversity, in accordance with administrative procedures. The Superintendent shall use several methods of communication to ensure that community residents are informed of the committee and are provided the opportunity to participate, and shall solicit volunteers. All community member representatives must reside in the District and be at least 18 years of age.
The committee shall include at least two business representatives, selected by a process that provides for adequate representation of the community's diversity, in accordance with administrative procedures. The Superintendent shall use several methods of communication to ensure that community residents are informed of the committee and are provided the opportunity to participate, and shall solicit volunteers. Business representatives need not reside in nor operate businesses in the District.
All campuses shall have a classroom teacher representative who is nominated and elected by campus peers. Classroom teachers will comprise two-thirds of the total professional staff representation on the committee.
At least six campus-level, nonclassroom-based professional representatives shall be nominated and elected by the campus-level, nonclassroom-based professional staff.
At least three District-level professional staff members, other than the Superintendent, shall be nominated and elected by the District-level professional staff.
An employee's affiliation or lack of affiliation with any organization or association shall not be a factor in either the nomination or election of representatives on the committee. [See also DGA]
No professional staff member may be coerced into participating in the election process as a voter or as a representative. The consent of each nominee shall be obtained before the person's name may appear on the ballot. Election of the committee shall be held in the fall of each school year at a time determined by the Board or its designee. Nominations and elections shall be conducted in accordance with this policy and administrative regulations.
Classroom teacher representatives shall serve staggered two-year terms and may not succeed themselves. They may, however, become eligible to serve again after sitting out one full two-year term.
Business, community, and parent representatives shall serve only one-year terms.
If a vacancy occurs among the representatives, nominations shall be solicited and an election held or selection made for the unexpired term in the same manner as for the annual election.
Other Advisory Groups
The existence of this committee shall not affect the authority of the Board or its designee to appoint or establish other advisory groups or task forces to assist it in matters pertaining to the District's operations. The Board or its designee is free to conduct meetings with teachers or groups of teachers in addition to committee meetings.