School Site Council
The School Site Council (SSC) is the organization by which the school community comes together to chart the school's path to improvement. The basic principle underlying the establishment of the SSC is that those individuals who are most affected by the operation of their school should have a major advisory role regarding how their school functions.
This advisement occurs through:
- The collaborative development of a school improvement plan
- A budget which is reflective and supportive of the plan
- The continuous review of the implementation of the plan
- The assessment of the effectiveness of the plan
- The ongoing review and updating of the school plan
The SSC is uniquely suited to carry out this function since it is representative of all segments of the school community. Being composed of the principal, teachers, other school personnel and parents, it provides a forum for the school community to come together to identify common goals and establish a plan to achieve these goals. The primary task of the SSC is to ensure that the school is continually engaged in identifying and implementing curriculum and instructional practices that result in both strengthening the core academic program and ensuring that students have access to and success in the program.
This is accomplished by the SSC through:
- Deciding to participate in School Improvement, School Based Programs
- Participating in the development of a school plan
- Determining the organizational structure, operations, and by-laws
- Monitoring of school effectiveness
- Reviewing and updating school plans
- Establishing and approving the annual budget of categorical resources
- Establishing continuous communication links
- Participating in the school decision-making process
The School Site Council is composed of the principal and teacher representatives selected by teachers at the school; other school personnel selected by other school personnel at the school; parents of pupils attending the school who are selected by such parents; and, in secondary schools, pupils selected by pupils attending the school. The council is be organized to ensure parity between the principal, classroom teachers, and other school personnel; and equal number of parents or other community members selected by parents.