What Is The School Advisory Council?

Please Attend meeting every 2nd Monday of the Month, in the Teachers Lounge
8:30 am 
 
As a member of a School Advisory Council (SAC), you are a very important person. You and your fellow council members are entrusted with the improvement of your public school.
 

By law, 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.

Underlying the law that created these councils is a belief that all children can learn, and that the public schools can and will change to better prepare students for todays and tomorrows workplace.

Each public school is unique. It has its own community setting, resources and challenges, and most importantly, a student population unlike any other. The people best suited to decide what will be effective in helping our students learn are the people closest to each school. These are the principal, faculty, parents, students, local business people and community members. These "stakeholders" are represented on your advisory council.

The law that created School Advisory Councils was enacted in 1991 by the Florida Legislature out of concern about the effectiveness of public schools. Today, every public school has a SAC like yours to plan for school improvement and increased student achievement.

You are about to learn a tremendous amount about your school and how it works. Then, together with your fellow council members, you will use that information to come up with a plan that will help your school and its children become more successful.

What Is The School Advisory Councils Job?
 
The School Improvement and Education Accountability system, which includes School Advisory Councils, sets up priorities and student performance standards that serve as guiding principles for everything the councils do.
 

Simply put, each School Advisory Councils job is to look at aspects of their school as suggested by the priorities and to come up with a written plan for school improvement.

The council must look at what is known about their school and decide which areas need improvement. An analysis of student achievement and school performance data should occur. Then the SAC must decide which needs are most pressing and most important.

Next, the group will develop strategies the "how-to" for improving the areas most important to their school. Finally, they will decide how to measure the results of what they plan to do.

The end product of this work will be a master plan for improving the school that addresses issues relative to budget, training, instructional materials, technology, staffing, student support services, school safety, discipline strategies, student health and fitness, indoor environmental air quality, and other matters of resource allocation.