BQA(LOCAL) - PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS: DISTRICT-LEVEL
Educational Improvement Council
In compliance with law, the District shall establish a District-level committee to advise the Board or its designee in establishing and reviewing the District improvement plan [see BQ], as well as the District's educational goals, performance objectives, and major District-wide classroom instructional programs.
The Superintendent shall serve as the Board's designee and shall regularly consult with the council.
The chairperson of the council shall set its agenda and shall schedule at least two meetings per year, including the public meeting required by law.
The Superintendent shall ensure that the District-level committee establishes communication strategies to periodically obtain broad-based community, parent, and staff input and provide information to those persons regarding the recommendations of the committee.
The council shall be composed of members who shall represent campus-based professional staff, District-level professional staff, parents, businesses, and the community. When practicable, professional staff representation shall include a representative with the primary responsibility for educating students with disabilities. For purposes of this policy, 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.
Parent, community member, and business representatives shall be selected in accordance with this policy and administrative regulations.
The council shall include at least two parents of students currently enrolled within the District. The Superintendent shall, through various channels, inform all parents of District students about the council's duties and composition, and shall solicit volunteers.
The council shall include at least two community members selected by a process that provides for adequate representation of the community's diversity. The Superintendent 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. Community representatives must reside in the District.
The council shall include at least two business representatives selected by a process that provides for adequate representation of the community's diversity. The Superintendent shall use several methods of communication to ensure that area businesses are informed of the council and are provided the opportunity to participate and shall solicit volunteers. Business member representatives need not reside in nor operate businesses in the District.
Professional staff representatives shall be nominated and elected in accordance with this policy and administrative regulations.
Classroom teacher representatives shall comprise at least two-thirds of the total professional staff representation on the committee and shall be nominated and elected by classroom teachers assigned to each respective campus.
At least one campus-based nonteaching professional representative shall be nominated and elected by the campus-based nonteaching professional staff.
At least one District-level professional representative, 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 council. [See also DGA]
A nominee must consent before the person's name may appear on the ballot.
All representatives shall serve staggered two-year terms and shall not serve consecutive terms on the council.
A vacancy during a term shall be filled for the remainder of the term by election or selection as appropriate for the category.