BQA(LOCAL) - PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS: DISTRICT-LEVEL
Note: This local policy has been revised in accordance with the District's innovation plan.
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 committee shall approve District-wide staff development. [See DMA]
The Superintendent shall serve as the Board's designee and shall regularly consult with the committee.
The chairperson of the committee 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.
In accordance with the District's innovation plan, the District is exempt from the state law that generally requires school districts to include members from both businesses and the community. The committee shall be composed of members who shall represent campus-based professional staff, District-level professional staff, parents, and members who represent either businesses or 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 and community member or business representatives shall be selected in accordance with this policy and administrative regulations.
The committee shall include at least two parents of students currently enrolled in the District. The Superintendent shall, through various channels, inform all parents of District students about the committee's duties and composition and shall solicit volunteers.
Community Members and Business Representatives
The committee shall include at least two members who are community members or business representatives. These members shall be selected by a process that provides for adequate representation of the community's diversity. The principal shall use several methods of communication to ensure that community residents and area businesses are informed of the committee and are provided the opportunity to participate and shall solicit volunteers.
Community representatives must reside in the District. Business representatives need not reside in nor operate businesses in the District.
Professional Staff Elections
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 the employee to the committee. [See DGA]
A nominee must consent before the person's name may appear on a ballot. Election of the committee shall be held at a time determined by the Board or its designee.
All representatives shall serve one-year terms and shall not be limited as to the number of consecutive terms they may serve on the committee.
A vacancy during a term shall be filled for the remainder of the term by election or selection as appropriate for the category.