Purpose of a School-level Accountability Committee
The school-level accountability committee (SAC) serves in an advisory role to the school principal. The school’s principal is ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance with all federal, state, and district requirements and meeting the academic performance expectations defined by Jeffco Public Schools.
Based on state statute and District policy, at a minimum, the SAC should:
- Make recommendations to the principal on school priorities for spending school funds prior to adoption of the school budget. This review should ensure that funds and spending priorities align with the school’s improvement plans and core values of the school to benefit all students.
- SACs are also expected to annually review and approve the school fees.
- Provide input annually regarding the school’s Unified Improvement Plan (UIP).
- Meet at least quarterly to review and discuss the implementation of the school improvement plan and student performance related to the school’s improvement activities.
- Provide input and recommendations concerning principal development plans and the principal evaluation process on an advisory basis when requested by the district advisory committee (SPAC) or district administration.
- Assist school personnel to increase the level of parent engagement in the school, especially the engagement from diverse populations.
- Additionally, for schools with Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan types, the SAC should:
- Publicize and hold a SAC meeting to discuss strategies to include in a school Priority Improvement or
- Turnaround plan. This input is used by the principal to make recommendations to the local school board concerning preparation of the school Priority Improvement or Turnaround;
- Publicize the district’s public hearing to review a written school Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan.
As far as practical, a SAC should ensure the following minimum membership:
- Principal or designee
- At least one teacher who provides instruction in the school
- At least three parents of students enrolled in the school
- At least one adult member of an organization of parents, teachers, and students recognized by the school (e.g. PTA)
- At least one member of the community
The principal, with the support of the committee, needs to ensure the number of parent representatives exceeds the number of representatives from the group with the next highest representation (e.g., faculty members) and is consistent with the student populations that are significantly represented within the school.