BQA(LOCAL) - PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS: DISTRICT-LEVEL

District-Level Committee

In compliance with Education Code 11.251, the District-level committee shall advise the Board or its designee in establishing and reviewing the District's educational goals, objectives, and major Districtwide classroom instructional programs identified by the Board or its designee. The committee shall serve exclusively in an advisory role except that the committee shall approve staff development of a Districtwide nature.

Chairperson

The Superintendent shall be the Board's designee and shall serve as chairperson of the committee.

Meetings

The chairperson of the committee shall set its agenda and shall schedule at least two meetings per year or at the call of the chairperson.

Communications

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

Articles regarding the work of the committee in District and campus publications and on the District's Web site.

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, District-level professional staff, parents, businesses, and the community. At least two-thirds of the District and campus professional staff shall be classroom teachers. The remaining employee representatives 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 in the District, selected in accordance with administrative procedures. The Superintendent shall, through various channels, inform all parents of District students about the committee's duties and composition and shall solicit volunteers. [See BQA(LEGAL)]

Community Members

The committee shall include at least two community members selected by a process that provides for adequate representation of the community's diversity, in accordance with administrative procedures. The Superintendent 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. Community member representatives must reside in the District.

Business Representatives

The committee shall include at least two business representatives selected by a process that provides for adequate representation of the community's diversity, in accordance with administrative procedures. The Superintendent shall use several methods of communication to ensure that area businesses are informed of the committee and are provided the opportunity to participate and shall solicit volunteers. Business representatives need not reside in nor operate businesses in the District.

Professional Staff

Classroom teacher representatives shall be nominated and elected by classroom teachers assigned to each campus and shall comprise two-thirds of the total professional staff representation on the committee. At least one campus-level nonteaching professional representative shall be nominated and elected by the campus-level nonteaching professional staff. At least one District-level professional staff member, other than the Superintendent, shall be nominated and elected by the District-level 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. [See also DGA]

The consent of each nominee shall be obtained before the person's name may appear on the ballot. Election of the committee shall be held in the fall of each school year at a time determined by the Board or its designee. Nomination and election 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

If a vacancy occurs among the representatives, nominations shall be solicited and an election held or selection made for the unexpired term in the same manner as for the annual election.

Other Advisory Groups

The existence of the District-level committee shall not affect the authority of the Board or its designee to appoint or establish other advisory groups or task forces to assist it in matters pertaining to District instruction.

Valley View ISD-Hidalgo County

BQA(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2009.01

DATE ISSUED: 2/17/2009