BQB(LOCAL) -

Campus-Level Committee

The campus-level advisory committee is established at each campus to advise the principal on campus improvement. This team is named the Campus Improvement Team (CIT) and shall advise the principal on those areas identified in BQB(LEGAL).

A CIT shall be established on each campus to assist the principal. The team shall be chaired by the principal and shall meet for the purpose of implementing planning processes and site-based decision-making in accordance with Board policy and administrative procedures.

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

CIT Overview of Responsibility

The CIT will assist the principal in establishing measurable Campus Performance Objectives (CPOs) and the Campus Improvement Plan (CIP) for the following school year, in implementing the plan, and in monitoring progress toward the achievement of the established performance objectives.

The CPOs and the CIP shall clearly focus on improving student outcomes and shall support the District's educational goals and objectives as set forth in the Five-Year Educational Plan and other Board policy, and District initiatives/actions. The CIP shall be due no later than August 15.

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) and BF].

Except as prohibited by the law [see BF], a campus, with comments from the campus-level committee (CIT), 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.

CIT Composition of Membership

The CITs shall be comprised of a combination of certified professional campus-level and District-level staff, parents of students enrolled in the District, community members, and business representatives. The maximum number of CIT members is 18.

The CIT shall include the following members:

Campus-level school staff members (5–9 members)

Nonschool members (5–9)

The majority are parents.

1 or 2 are community representatives.

1 or 2 are business representatives.

Additionally, one District-level professional staff liaison shall serve on each CIT whose membership shall not be counted in the composition number.

Each campus is granted flexibility to develop individualized plans of representation of the campus-level certified staff as long as the committee does not exceed the size set forth in this policy.

The number of campus-level staff members and the number of nonschool members shall be equal.

The roster of CIT membership shall be posted on the District and campus Web sites.

Staff Members Selected by Election

Each campus CIT shall consist of five to nine elected members.

The elected campus-level representatives shall consist of at least two-thirds classroom teachers. [See BQB(EXHIBIT)]

The remainder shall be nonteaching, campus-level certified staff positions.

One District-level, certified staff member shall serve in the role of campus liaison.

The consent of each campus nominee shall be obtained before the person's name shall appear on the ballot. Nominations for the CIT must in the principal's office by the designated date and campaigning may continue for ten working days. Within the next five working days after the close of the campus campaigning, the principal shall hold an election to determine the CIT members.

Certified Campus-Level Professional

For the purposes of this policy, a campus-level professional staff member is a certified staff member who is assigned at least half-time to a particular campus and elected by other certified staff members at the campus level.

Certified District-Level Professional

A District-level professional staff member who serves as a District liaison on the CIT shall be defined as a certified staff member who has responsibilities at more than one campus, including, but not limited to, central office staff. The Superintendent's Senior Staff shall elect one District-level professional staff member per campus to serve in CIT liaison role.

Role of District-Level Professional

District-level professional staff members are nonvoting members elected to serve the CIT in a liaison role. Liaisons serve to:

Promote systematic channels for effective communication among District stakeholders.

Support the implementation and follow-up regarding initiatives/actions for the Five-Year Educational Plan.

Provide opportunity to collaborate and plan for increased student performance toward meeting specific student performance objectives at both the campus and District levels, inclusive of special needs students.

Make connections among various educational programs, services, strategies, and learning opportunities across campuses, such as Title I and other federal programs.

Link federal and state regulations as they relate to student performance.

Align staff development efforts at both the District and campus levels with District/state goals, objectives, and major initiatives.

Promote organizational development and effectiveness.

Composition of Campus Liaisons

District-level professional staff members who will serve as campus liaisons will be elected by the Superintendent's Senior Staff. There will be one campus liaison for each campus.

Nonschool Members Chosen by Lottery

Parent, community, and business representatives shall be selected by use of a lottery of all eligible applicants in an open forum at an announced time and place and shall be held at a designated time in conjunction with the election of campus representatives.

The nonschool members shall consist of parents, community representatives, and business representatives: [See BQB(EXHIBIT)]

Parents: at least one-half of the nonschool members shall be parents.

One or two community representatives.

One or two business representatives.

Parent Representatives

For the purposes of establishing the composition of the committees:

A person who stands in parental relation to a student who is attending the campus is considered a parent.

A parent who is an employee of the District is not considered a parent representative on the campus committee where he or she currently has a child.

A parent is not considered a representative of community members on the campus committee where he or she currently has a child.

A parent is not considered a representative of business members on the campus committee where he or she currently has a child.

Community Representatives

Community members shall reside in the District and must be at least 18 years of age.

Business Representatives

A business representative is defined as anyone representing a business who has a regular and supportive relationship with students in the District. The inclusion of a business member is without regard to whether the representative resides in the District or whether the business represented is located in the District. A business representative may not be a parent of a current student at that campus.

Elected and Selected by Lottery

Election of certified professional staff and the selection by lottery of parents, business, and community members shall be during the same period, according to District procedures. [See BQB(EXHIBIT)] CIT members may not serve on more than one campus team at a time.

Length of Term

Employees elected to serve on the CIT as campus-level certified staff or as the District-level professional who serves in a liaison role shall serve two-year terms. Members selected by lottery shall serve a two-year term.

A parent representative for an Early Learning school shall serve a one-year term because students only attend the school for one year. Other members shall serve a two-year year term.

Waiting Period

CIT members who are elected or selected by lottery may not serve a second two-year term without sitting out one two-year term.

Vacancy

A position that becomes open may be filled by an appropriate representative selected by consensus of the remaining members of the CIT for the remainder of the representative's unexpired term.

A member of the CIT may be replaced on the recommendation of the principal and the Superintendent if the member:

Is absent for more than two or more consecutive meetings.

Acts in a manner that is detrimental to the effectiveness of the CIT, including exhibiting inappropriate behavior or inability to get along with other members.

CIT Meetings

The CIT shall meet at a time and place to be determined by consensus of the members. At least three days' notice shall be given. The agenda will be posted in a public place.

The CIT shall meet a minimum of three times each semester. Reporting documents, such as the minutes, shall list CIT members and the percentage of the membership in attendance.

CIT decisions shall be representative of the team.

The CIT shall inform parents about the CPOs and the CIP through a variety of means, such as posting minutes, newsletters, mailings, and/or public meetings. Patrons may contact any member of the CIT to express concerns and issues. CIT meetings are open meetings where non-CIT members may attend and observe. A portion of each meeting may include citizens' comment.

Discussion of agenda items such as personnel interviews for administrative positions shall be limited to CIT members only.

Each campus-level committee shall hold at least one public meeting per year. The required meeting shall be held after receipt of the annual campus rating from the agency to discuss performance of the campus and the campus performance objectives. [See BQB (LEGAL)]

CIT Training

All individuals who are members of the CIT shall participate in appropriate staff development programs that provide information on school improvement matters, especially as related to the effective schools research, District initiatives, and the collaborative decision-making model adopted by the District.

Defining Consensus

In developing the school's plan to achieve academic and other performance objectives, the CIT shall strive to reach consensus. In order to reach consensus, a quorum (two-thirds of the total membership) shall be in attendance. When everyone present has been given an opportunity to present to the group his or her views on a particular issue and the majority of the group are in agreement, it shall be determined that the group has reached consensus.

CIT Communication Guidelines

In a community publication, the District shall make available District guidelines and procedures for becoming a member of the CIT.

The principal or designee shall ensure that the campus-level committee obtains broad-based community, parent, and staff input and provides information to those persons on a systematic basis. Communications shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

Articles in in-house publications regarding work of the committee.

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

Operations Committee

Each campus shall form an operations committee of the elected certified CIT staff and other appropriate members as determined by the principal and the members of the operations committee. The purpose of the operations committee shall be to:

Oversee day-to-day campus operations.

Advise only the CIT regarding areas specified in the Education Code and the other provisions of this policy.

Other Committees

The purpose of the CIT, the composition of its members, and the scope of responsibilities are clearly defined. However, the principal is not limited to the use of this advisory body. The principal may seek assistance from certified staff, community residents, parents, and others regarding the day-to-day operation necessary for an effective and efficient school organization.

Spring Branch ISD

BQB(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2008.06

DATE ISSUED: 8/15/2008