School Accountability Committee
Revised: Aug 2017
The School Accountability Committee (SAC) acts as an advisory group to the principal and seeks to represent the school community’s point of view and to make recommendations to the building principal for improving the school. Toward the achievement of this purpose, the SAC will work in cooperation with the principal to:
- Facilitate communication between the school and the community
- Determine whether decisions affecting the educational process are advancing or impeding student achievement
- Report to students, parents, District Accountability Advisory Committee (DAAC), and the School District Board of Education, through the annual school improvement plan, the educational performance of the school and provide data for the appraisal of such performance
- Make recommendations to the principal on the school priorities for spending school moneys, including federal funds, where applicable
- Discuss safety issues related to the school environment
- Meet at least quarterly to discuss whether school leadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround plan, whichever is applicable, and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract
- Provide input and recommendations to the DAAC and district administration, on an advisory basis.
Composition of Committees
Each school is responsible for establishing a School Accountability Committee (SAC), which should consist of at least the following seven members:
- The principal of the school or the principal’s designee
- At least one teacher who provides instruction in the school
- At least three parents of students enrolled in the school
- At least one adult member of an organization of parents, teachers, and students recognized by the school
- At least one person from the community
Officers, Terms and Duties
- A chairperson will be elected from the SAC membership. A vice chairperson and secretary also may be elected. The term of office will be one or two years.
- Officers will be elected by the majority of the membership present at the last meeting of one year or at the first meeting of the next year.
- The SAC will encourage terms of membership of two years, but will accept terms of one year. Terms of membership of two years are encouraged so that over this period, members may develop a full understanding of and make significant contributions to the accountability process in the school.
- The chairperson will preside at all meetings, appoint subcommittee chair people as needed, and, in general, conduct the business of the committee, as well as develop the agenda with the building principal. The chairperson or secretary, if elected, will take minutes of the meetings, record attendance and provide a written copy for the records.
- Any member may, at any time, resign from the SAC by submitting a written resignation to the committee chair.
- Any elected or appointed SAC member may be removed for failure to attend two consecutive meetings without appropriate justification as determined by a majority vote of other SAC members not including the member who is subject to removal.
- During the school year, any vacancies that may arise on SAC by reason of a member’s resignation, disqualification or for any other reason shall be filled by majority action of the remaining members of the committee.
- Meetings will be held at least quarterly, but could be monthly during the school year.
- A schedule of meetings (dates and times) will be established by the SAC at the beginning of each school year.
- All meetings will be held at Stetson Elementary School, 4910 Jedediah Smith Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80922
- Special meetings may be called by the chairperson or principal, should the need arise. At least seven days previous notice of special meetings will be given to all SAC members including the principal via phone, email and/or written contact.
- Meeting notices will be posted in school buildings, as appropriate.
- Subcommittees will be formed as deemed necessary by the chairperson and principal.
- The SAC must approve subcommittee’s meeting schedules and plans of work.
Code of Ethics
MEMBERS OF THE SAC SHALL:
- Actively promote and encourage the highest level of ethics within the SAC, and the school community.
- Conduct themselves with integrity, dignity, professionalism and respect for others.
- Render opinions, observations or conclusions in a non-threatening, non-confrontational manner.
- Be thoroughly familiar with the bylaws of the SAC, to comply with those rules in full, and to exemplify the highest standards of fairness and behavior.
By-laws and Amendments
- By-laws will be adopted by the SAC, which are consistent with DAAC By-laws. They may be amended by a majority vote of the SAC membership at any regular meeting.
LEGAL REFERECES: C.R.S. 22-7-107 SENATE BILL 00-186