BQB(LOCAL) - PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS: CAMPUS-LEVEL

Campus Advisory Council

A Campus Advisory Council (CAC) shall be established on each campus to assist the principal. The council shall meet for the purpose of implementing planning processes and site-based decision making in accordance with Board policy and administrative procedures and shall be chaired by co-chairpersons. The principal shall be the coordinator of the CAC.

The council shall serve exclusively in an advisory role, except that each council shall approve staff development of a campus nature.

Duties of Council

In addition to the duties mandated by statute and cited at BQB(LEGAL), the council shall perform the duties and functions established in the Campus Advisory Council Bylaws.

Campus Performance Objectives

Each principal, with the assistance of the CAC, shall be responsible for the development of campus performance objectives. These objectives shall be formulated annually in accordance with a schedule established by the District, shall support the District's educational goals and objectives, and shall be specific to the academic achievement of students served by the campus. The Board shall review and approve campus performance objectives.

Waivers

The principal shall be responsible for ensuring that no campus-initiated decision violates rule, law, or policy, unless the campus has obtained a waiver [see BQB(LEGAL) preceding and BF].

Except as prohibited by law [see BF], a campus may apply to the Board for a waiver of a local policy. An application for a waiver must state the achievement objectives of the campus and the reasons for requesting the waiver.

Communications

The principal or designee shall ensure that the CAC obtains broad-based community, parent, and staff input, and provides information to those persons on a systematic basis. Methods of communication shall include, but not be limited to:

Periodic meetings to gather input and provide information on the work of the council. Meetings shall be advertised in the District or campus publications and through the media.

Articles in District or campus publications regarding work of the council.

Regular news releases to the media in the District regarding the work of the council.

Periodic reports on the work of the council that may be posted on campus bulletin boards.

Composition

The council shall be composed of members who shall represent campus-level professional and classified staff, parents, businesses, and the community. At least two-thirds of the District campus professional staff shall be classroom teachers. As long as this requirement is met, professional staff may include nonteaching campus-level staff.

Membership

Membership on the CAC shall be in accordance with Board policy and Campus Advisory Council Bylaws.

Dedicated Positions

The following dedicated positions shall be included as part of the committee:

The principal.

A director of a magnet, academy, or institute collocated with the school.

The president or designee of the campus PTA/PTO.

The appropriate associate superintendent or designee.

Parents

The council shall include a minimum of six parents of students currently enrolled within the District, selected in accordance with CAC bylaws. The principal shall, through various channels, inform all parents of campus students about the council's duties and composition, and shall solicit volunteers. [See BQB(LEGAL)]

Community Member

The council shall include at least one community member, selected in accordance with CAC bylaws providing for adequate representation of the community's diversity. The principal shall use several methods of communication to ensure that community residents are informed of the council and are provided the opportunity to participate and shall solicit volunteers. A community member representative must reside in the District.

Business Representative

The council shall include at least one business representative, selected in accordance with CAC bylaws providing for adequate representation of the community's diversity. The principal shall use several methods of communication to ensure that community residents are informed of the council and are provided the opportunity to participate and shall solicit volunteers. A business representative need not reside in nor operate a business in the District.

Professional Staff

A minimum of six professional staff members shall be nominated and elected by other professional staff assigned to that campus.

Classified Staff

A minimum of one classified staff representative shall be nominated and elected by other classified staff assigned to that campus.

Student Representatives

A minimum of two student representatives shall be elected by other students at each high school. This shall be optional for middle schools.

Elections

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 council. Nominated employees shall give their consent to serve on the council before they are eligible for election. Nominations and elections shall be conducted in accordance with this policy and administrative regulations.

Terms

Representatives shall serve two-year terms.

Vacancy

A vacancy during a term shall be filled in accordance with CAC bylaws.

Meetings

The council shall meet at least eight times per year. Additional meetings may be held in accordance with CAC bylaws.

Austin ISD

BQB(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2012.08

DATE ISSUED: 9/14/2012