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Title: COLLABORATING WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD AND SITE BASED DECISION MAKING COUNCIL


1
COLLABORATING WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD AND SITE
BASED DECISION MAKING COUNCIL
  • Jackie R. Walters, MBA, RD

2
COLLABORATING WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD AND SITE
BASED DECISION MAKING COUNCIL
  • I. The Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA)
  • A. Summary
  • B. Provision for the Kentucky Board of
    Education
  • a. Membership and Structure
  • b. Responsibilities
  • c. Associated Organizations
  • C. Provision for School-Based Decision Making
    Councils
  • a. Membership and Structure
  • b. Responsibilities
  • c. Associated Organizations
  • II. Potential for Collaboration

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Kentuckys Constitution states,The General
Assembly shall, by appropriate legislation,
provide for an efficient system of common
schools.In 1989, the Kentucky Supreme Court
ruled in the case of Rose vs. Council for a
Better Education that Kentuckys schools fell
short of this requirement so drastically that the
entire system was unconstitutional.
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What is a constitutional school system?A
constitutional system must provide each and every
child with at least the seven following
capacities
  • Sufficient oral and written communication skills
    to enable students to function in a complex and
    rapidly changing civilization
  • Sufficient knowledge of economic, social, and
    political systems to enable the student to make
    informed choices.
  • Sufficient understanding of government processes
    to enable the student to understand the issues
    that affect his or her community, state and
    nation
  • Sufficient self-knowledge and knowledge of his or
    her mental and physical wellness
  • Sufficient grounding in the arts to enable each
    student to appreciate his or her cultural and
    historical heritage
  • Sufficient training or preparation for advanced
    training in either academic or vocational fields
    so as to enable each child to choose and pursue
    life work intelligently
  • Sufficient levels of academic or vocational
    skills to enable public school students to
    compete favorably with their counterparts in
    surrounding states, in academics or in the job
    market.

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KERA IS BORN!In 1990, the Kentucky General
Assembly answered the challenge of the Supreme
Court by passing the Kentucky Education Reform
Act, establishing a statewide system of
assessment and accountability that would be
implemented by the Kentucky Board of Education,
local school boards and local councils.
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KERA defines the goals for schools to achieve as
follows
  • Schools shall expect a high level of achievement
    of all students
  • Schools shall develop their students ability
    to,
  • Use basic communication and mathematics skills
    for purposes and situations they will encounter
    throughout their lives
  • Apply core concepts and principles from
    mathematics, the sciences, the humanities, social
    studies, and practical living studies to
    situations they will encounter throughout their
    lives

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-Become a self-sufficient individual -Become
responsible members of a family, work group, or
community, including demonstrating
effectiveness in community service -Think and
solve problems in school situations and in a
variety of situations they will encounter in
life -Connect and integrate experiences and new
knowledge from all subject matter fields with
what they have previously learned and build on
past learning experiences to acquire new
information through various media sources.
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Schools shall increase their students rate of
attendance.Schools shall reduce their students
dropout ratesSchools shall reduce physical and
mental health barriers to learningSchools shall
be measured on the proportion of students who
make a successful transition to work,
post-secondary education, and the military.
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The Kentucky Board of Education
  • In 1990, the KERA created a new state board for
    elementary and secondary education in public
    schools. By authority of executive order from
    the governor, the boards name was changed to
    Kentucky Board of Education, effective February
    1, 1995.

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Who serves on KBE?
  • The board has 12 members.
  • The governor appoints 11 voting members
  • 7 represent the Supreme Court districts
  • 4 represent the state at large
  • One member is the President of the Council on
    Post-secondary Education and does not vote.
  • Members names, addresses and phone numbers may
    be accessed by visiting www.kde.state.ky.us/commis
    s/kbe/kbe_members.asp

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Members serve 4-year terms and may be
re-appointed. The board chair and vice chair are
elected by the membership at the beginning of
each fiscal year.
  • Members must be private citizens, not employed as
    educators during their terms. They represent a
    wide range of professional and business
    experience.
  • The appointed commissioner of education is the
    boards executive secretary.

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KBE has four standing committees
  • Management Support
  • Learning Support/ Learning Results
  • Internal Audit
  • KSB/KSD Oversight
  • Special task forces and workgroups are appointed
    as needed. Board meetings are held six times per
    year and are open to the public. Agendas are set
    in advance.

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What does the KBE do?
  • The Kentucky Board of Education develops and
    adopts the regulations that govern Kentuckys 176
    public school districts and the actions of the
    Kentucky Department of Education.

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KBE Mission Statement
  • To focus the efforts of the Kentucky Department
    of Education, local schools, districts and
    partners in public education, to assist all
    schools to meet proficiency by 2014 and to assure
    that each child is given the maximum opportunity
    to achieve at high levels.

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Kentucky Board of Educations strategic plan is
based on the General Assemblys goals for the
Commonwealths schools and the 7 capacities of an
efficient system of common schools identified by
the Kentucky Education Reform Act.
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KBE Goals
  • High student performance
  • High quality teaching and administration
  • A strong, supportive environment for each school
    and every child

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The Kentucky School Boards Association
  • A private, non-profit service organization
    composed of almost 900 members of local boards of
    education.

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KSBA provides advocacy, consultation,
information, professional development and
district support services for local school board
members as well as district and school staff. It
is the largest organization of elected officials
in Kentucky.
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KSBAs direction is provided by a statewide board
of directors composed of 27 local school board
members President President-elect Immediate
past president 12 directors-at-large 12
regional chairpersonsMembers may be contacted
by visiting the web site http//www.ksba.org
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Who may be a school board member? State law
requires a candidate to be
  • at least 24 years old
  • a citizen of KY for at least 3 years and
    registered to vote in the district he/she
    represents
  • a graduate of 12th grade or have earned a GED
  • related to no person employed by the school
    district he/she represents
  • involved in no contractual arrangement with the
    school district he/she represents
  • not an officer of city or county government

21
Fayette County Board of Education -Consists of 5
members, elected to 4- year terms -Holds
televised meetings twice per month -Invites the
public to attend meetings -Allows citizens to be
placed on the agenda by calling the
superintendents office -Posts the agenda on the
board web site by the Friday preceding the
Monday meeting -Posts official minutes and board
meeting schedule on the web site
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KRS 160.345Provision for Site Based Councils
  • Each local board of education shall adopt a
    policy for implementing school-based decision
    making in the district which shall include, but
    not be limited to, a description of how the
    districts policieshave been amended to allow
    the professional staff members of a school to be
    involved in the decision making process as they
    work to meet educational goals...

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Council Membership
  • Two parents
  • Three teachers
  • The principal or administrator
  • The membership of the council may be increased,
    but may only be increased proportionately.

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SBDM COUNCIL MEMBERSThe teacher representatives
shall be elected by a majority of the teachers
for a term of one year.The parent members shall
be elected by the parents of students
pre-registered to attend the school during the
term of office in an election conducted by the
parent and teacher organization of the school.A
school council, once elected, may adopt a policy
setting different terms of office for parent and
teacher members subsequently elected.The
principal or head teacher shall be the chair of
the school council.
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MINORITY SBDM MEMBERS
  • Schools having 8 or more minority students
    enrolled shall have at least one minority council
    member. If a minority member is not elected in a
    timely manner, the principal is responsible for
    organizing a special election to elect an
    additional parent member. Teachers may then be
    allowed to select one minority teacher. If there
    are no minority teachers on the faculty an
    additional teacher may be elected by a majority
    of all teachers. Term limitations shall not
    apply for a minority teacher member who is the
    only minority on faculty.

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What SBDM Councils Do
  • Analyze student scores and develop the
    Comprehensive Plan
  • Develop and adopt the School Safety Plan
  • Develop and adopt policies on curriculum,
    assigning staff time, assigning students to
    classes and programs, school schedule, use of
    school space, instructional practices, discipline
    and classroom management, extracurricular
    programs, consultation procedures, committees
    and processes.
  • Decide how many people to employ in each job
    classification

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What SBDM Councils Do
  • Select a new principal
  • Consult with principal before other jobs are
    filled
  • Approve budget expenditures, including textbooks
    and instructional materials, student support
    services and professional development.

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KY Association of School Councils
  • KASC is a non-profit membership organization.
    Membership benefits include
  • -Savings on KASC tools, workshops and the annual
    conference, the states largest SBDM gathering
  • -Lobbying services
  • -Journal subscription
  • -Legal question and answer line on council roles

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How can I collaborate with the school board or
SBDM council?
  • OPPORTUNITIES ARE UNLIMITED!

30
Improved student health contributes directly to
KERA goalsIncrease student attendance
ratesDecrease physical and mental barriers to
learning
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Improved student health contributes directly to
KBE goals
  • High student performance
  • Strong, supportive environment for every child
  • (meetings are open to the public, and agendas are
    set in advance)

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How can I collaborate with the local school board?
  • GET INVOLVED!

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How can I collaborate with the SBDM Council?
  • GET INVOLVED!

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Get involved with SBDM
  • Meetings are usually open
  • Agendas are set in advance
  • Minutes and agendas are generally posted on
    school web page

35
Help the SBDM Council decide
  • On the Comprehensive Plan
  • About policies affecting curriculum, staff time,
    school schedule, use of school space,
    instructional practices, disciplinary and
    classroom management practices, extracurricular
    programs
  • How many people to employ in each job
    classification
  • On a new principal
  • On the recommendation of other staff
  • On new textbooks, instructional materials,
    professional development

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How can I collaborate with KASC?
  • Exhibit at their annual conference and reach
    school councils all over the state.
  • Contact them about being included in their
    publication

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GET INVOLVED!
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