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School Advisory Council

Article II: Purpose & Duties

Purpose
The purpose of the Council is to serve in an advisory capacity (as defined in Article I, Section 2), and to provide a forum for – and facilitate communication among – the SVHS students, parents, teachers, community, and administration, as related to school-wide issues, in an atmosphere of due process, cooperation, and trust.

Duties
The Council shall make recommendations to the SVHS administration and to the Board of Trustees in any areas where a need is apparent.  The Council’s duties shall include the following, and shall be carried out in accordance with the procedures described in Article IX:

     a.  Address concerns and questions (related to school-wide issues) brought before the Council.

     b.  Provide a forum for discussion of school-wide issues.

     c.  Review achievement data derived from district-adopted tests and assessments.  Compare test and assessment data with district-established achievement goals to monitor academic growth.

     d.  Assist the SVHS administration in evaluation and preparation of reports as needed, including an annual Council self-review (which will be submitted to the Board of Trustees by their second June meeting).

     e.  Assist in accreditation processes outlined by organizations such as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), and so on.

     f.  Assist in the preparation and review of the School Safety Plan.

     g.  Assist in obtaining grants.

     h.  Assist in the development, annual review, and revision of a School Plan.

     i.  Assist in the development and administering of an annual parent/student/staff survey to obtain feedback that helps guide the administration and Council on school-wide issues.

     j.  Through a process of deliberation and recommendation, provide direction to the high school administration regarding allocation of discretionary funds (such as money from block grants, donations, and other sources).

     k.  Assist in developing Parent Education activities covering such topics as the following:

          •   Parenting and communication workshops

          •   Understanding test data

Understanding and becoming familiar with State and District standards for education.