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. 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 today’s and tomorrow’s workplace.
Each public school is unique. It has its own community setting, resources, 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: the principal, faculty and staff, parents, students, local business people, and community members. These “stakeholders” are represented on your advisory council.
WHAT IS THE SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL’S JOB?
The purpose of a SAC is to assist in the preparation and evaluation (developing and evaluating) of the School Performance Plan (SPP) and to assist the principal with the annual school budget. In this capacity, SAC approves plans submitted for distribution of School Recognition Funds (A+ dollars). Additionally, SAC receives funds to be used at the discretion of the School Advisory Committee with the stipulation that a portion of the money is used for implementing the SPP. As a team of individuals representing the community served by the school, SAC plays an important role in providing valuable input and oversight into the school improvement process.
RESOURCES FOR SAC SECRETARIES