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

Local School Council

A local school council (committee) shall be established on each campus to assist the principal. The committee 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 the principal.

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

Duties of Committee

The committee shall perform duties as described at BQB(LEGAL).

Campus Performance Objectives

Each principal 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 campus-level committee 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 committee. Meetings shall be advertised in the District or campus publications and through the media.

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

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

Composition

The committee shall be composed of members who shall represent campus-based professional staff, parents, businesses, and the community. At least two-thirds of the District and campus professional staff shall be classroom teachers. The remaining one-third shall be professional nonteaching District- and campus-level staff. 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.

Parents

The committee shall include at least two parents of students currently enrolled within the District, selected in accordance with administrative procedures. The principal shall, through various channels, inform all parents of campus students about the committee's duties and composition, and shall solicit volunteers. [See BQB(LEGAL)]

Community Members

The committee shall include at least two community members, selected in accordance with administrative procedures that provide 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 committee and are provided the opportunity to participate, and shall solicit volunteers. All community member representatives must reside in the District.

Business Representatives

The committee shall include at least two business representatives, selected in accordance with administrative procedures that provide 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 committee and are provided the opportunity to participate, and shall solicit volunteers. Business member representatives need not reside in nor operate businesses in the District.

Classroom Teachers

Classroom teachers shall be nominated and elected by classroom teachers assigned to that campus.

Campus-Based Nonteaching Professionals

Other campus-based nonteaching professionals shall be nominated and elected by nonteaching professionals assigned to that campus.

District-Level Personnel

District-level personnel shall be nominated and elected by campus nonteaching professional staff.

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

Terms

Representatives shall be elected or selected annually and shall be limited to two consecutive terms on the committee.

Vacancy

A vacancy during a term shall be filled for the remainder of the term by election or selection as appropriate for the category.

Meetings

The committee shall meet at the call of the principal. The principal shall set the agenda for each meeting.

Eustace ISD

BQB(LOCAL)-X

LDU-37-05

DATE ISSUED: 9/12/2005