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PROCESS

The Board shall establish a procedure under which meetings are held regularly by the School-wide planning and decision-making committee that includes representative professional staff, parents of students enrolled in the School, business representatives, and community members. The Board or Superintendent shall periodically meet with the School-wide committee to review the School-wide committee's deliberations. Education Code 11.251(b)

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE

The Board shall ensure that the School-wide planning and decision-making committee will be actively involved in establishing the administrative procedure that defines the respective roles and responsibilities pertaining to planning and decision-making. Education Code 11.251(d)

COMMITTEE

The Board shall adopt a procedure, consistent with Education Code 21.407(a) (see DGA), for the professional staff in the School to nominate and elect the professional staff representatives who shall serve on the School-wide committee. At least two-thirds of the elected professional staff representatives must be classroom teachers. The remaining staff representatives shall include school-wide level professional staff members.

The Principal shall solicit, as members of the School-wide Committee:

  1. parents
  2. 2. community members and business representatives in a manner that provides for appropriate representation of the States diversity.

Education Code 11.251(e)

(See BF for information on the committee's role in requesting waivers)

DEFINITIONS

For purposes of establishing the composition of committees:

  1. A person who stands in parental relation to a student is considered a parent.
  2. A parent who is an employee of the School is not considered a parent representative on the Committee.
  3. A parent is not considered a representative of community members on the Committee.
  4. Community members must reside in Texas and must be at least 18 years of age.

Education Code 11.251(c)

SCHOOL-WIDE IMPROVEMENT PLAN

The School shall have a School-wide improvement plan that is developed, evaluated, and revised annually, in accordance with School policy, by the Superintendent, with the assistance of the School-wide committee. The purpose of the School-wide improvement plan is to guide the School in the improvement of student performance for all student groups in order to attain state standards in respect to the indicators of quality of learning. Education Code 11.252(a) (See BQ for content of the School-wide Improvement Plan)

CONSULTATION

The superintendent shall regularly consult the School-wide Committee in the planning, operation, supervision, and evaluation of the School's educational program. Education Code 11.252(f)

PUBLIC MEETINGS

The School-wide committee established under Education Code 11.251 shall hold at least one public meeting per year. The required meeting shall be held after receipt of the annual School performance report from the Texas Education Agency for the purpose of discussing the performance of the School and the School performance objectives. The Schools Site-Based Decision Making Plan shall ensure that systematic communications measures are in place to periodically obtain broad-based community, parent, and staff input and to provide information to those persons regarding the recommendations of the School-wide Committee. This does not create a new cause of action or require collective bargaining. Education 11.252(e)

CHAIRPERSON

The Superintendent shall appoint the chairperson(s) of the Committee from among its members. The Superintendent shall meet with the Committee periodically.

Adopted: 5/30/91
Amended: 9/27/91, 9/25/92, /26/96, 11/14/97, 1/26/99, 1/24/02, 11/19/04
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