What is a School Advisory Council?
Each school in the State of Florida must have a SAC. By law, each SAC must be composed of the principal and an “appropriately balanced” number of “stakeholders.” These individuals must be representative of the ethnic, racial and economic makeup of the community served by the school. High schools and vocational technical centers must have students on the SACs. Middle and junior high schools may to include students on their SAC. The majority of SAC members (over 50 percent) must not be employed by the school on whose SAC they serve.
"The whole point of school improvement is data-driven decision making. The process is SUPPOSED to be fairly simple and straight forward: The SAC reviews relevant data (which is much more than test scores), identifies problem areas, develops improvement strategies, monitors their implementation, and then starts the whole process over when the next round of data is available." -- KM, DOE
1. August 18, 2016
2. September 15, 2016
3. October 20, 2016
4. November 17, 2016
5. December 15, 2016
6. January 19, 2017 (Mid-Year Stakeholder Meeting)
7. February 16, 2017
8. March 16, 2017
9. April 20, 2017
10. May 18, 2017
11. June 15, 2017
The name of this organization is the Jacksonville Heights Elementary School Advisory Council.
Section 1. the functions of the School Advisory Council are:
a. assist in the preparation and evaluation of the school improvement plan
b. assist in the preparation of educational improvement proposals for implementing an educational improvement grant
Section 2: Other board functions of the School Advisory Council are:
a. participate in planning and monitoring of school buildings and grounds
b. initiate activities or programs that generate greater cooperation between the community and the school
c. assist in the development of educational goals and objectives
d. recommend various support services in the school
e. assist in the preparation of the accreditation report
f. review the impact of property development and zoning changes in the vicinity of the school as they relate to the safety, welfare and educational opportunities of the students
g. perform any such functions as prescribed by the regulation of the School board
h. assist in the preparation and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan required by Florida Statutes, and annually reviewing, amending, or continuing such school improvement plan as required by Florida Statutes
i. review the budget to be sure it is aligned with the School Improvement Plan
j. Perform other functions as requested by the principal
Section 1. The principal shall assure that the membership shall be representative of the ethnic, racial and economic community served by the school.
Section 2. This council shall include parents, teachers, education support employees, community members, and school administration. A majority of the membership shall be non-staff.
Section 3. For purposes of SAC membership, parent shall be defined as people who have students that currently attend the school that is represented by the SAC on which they would serve.
Section 4. The principal shall be a member of the SAC.
Section 5. Peer election shall be used to select parent, education support staff, students and teacher members of the SAC.
Such elections shall be held at the beginning of each school year (after the first day of school) such that the membership list is ready to submit to the Region Superintendent by the End of September.
Section 6. Community members shall be appointed by the principal.
Section 7. Term of office for newly elected members shall be for a period of 1 year (s) from the date of election. If re-elected, members may serve on the SAC for 3 terms.
Section 8. Members not attending for two consecutive meetings, without an excused absence, will be replaced. Vacancies for parents, teachers, educational support personnel and students will be filled by peer election. Elections to fill vacant positions may be held as necessary throughout the year.
Section 9. Membership in the SAC shall be limited to 10 voting members. SAC is a sunshine organization and non-members are encouraged to attend meetings.
Section 10. The PTA president shall be a member of the SAC. (optional)
Section 1. The School Advisory Council is a resource to the school and the principal. The term “advisory” is intended to mean 1) inquiring, 2) informing, 3) suggesting, 4) recommending, and 5) evaluating.
Section 2. The School Advisory Council, since it is advisory only, has some limitations. 1) It may not dictate School Board or local school center policy, and 2) it must deal with issues rather than particular person, whether they are administrators, teachers, students, citizens, or parents.
Section 1. Officers and their election:
Section 1. The Principal
Section 2. The Chairperson
Section 3. The Secretary
Section 4. Parents and other community representatives
Section 5. Faculty and school staff representatives:
The SAC may create such committees as necessary to carry on the work of the council.
Section 1. The SAC shall meet as often as necessary to perform its duties, but no less than four times per year. The first meeting shall be held in September. Meetings must be scheduled when parents, students, teachers, education support personnel and community members can attend. All meetings shall be open to the public. Meetings will be held the 4th Thursday of every month at 5:00.
Section 2. A quorum must be present to conduct business. A majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum.
Section 3. Three days written notice will be given to members concerning any item that will be voted on at the upcoming meeting.Article IX: Amendments to Bylaws
Section 1. These bylaws shall be amended at any regular meeting of the SAC by a majority of the membership.
Section 2. The amendment shall become effective immediately upon passage.Article X: Ratification of Bylaws
The bylaws of the SAC will be ratified by a majority of if its members.Article XI: Parliamentary Authority
Section 1. The rules contained in the Current Edition of “Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised” shall govern the association in all cases in which they are applicable and in which they do not conflict with these bylaws.
Section 2. The chairperson has the option to appoint a parliamentarian at any meeting deemed necessary.