A School Site Council (SSC) is group of teachers, parents, administrators, and interested community members who work together to develop and monitor a school's improvement plan. It is a legally required decision-making body for any school receiving federal funds. The California Legislature believes that the individuals who are most affected by the operation of the school should have a major role in the decisions regarding how a school functions. Education should be a joint effort of parents, teachers, administrators, and other school staff. The actions of the School Site Council are the first step in a formal process for developing improvement strategies and for allocating resources to support these efforts. The SSC monitors and helps shape the focus of the school’s academic instructional programs and all related categorical resource expenditures for a school.
A SSC is a school-community representative body made up of:
§ Other School Personnel
§ Parents or Community Members
§ Students (at the Secondary Level)
What does a School Site Council do?
§ Develops and approves the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)
§ Sets and/or reviews school goals and selects specific improvements
§ Establishes budgets based upon the SPSA
§ Recommends and submits site plan to Board of Education for approval
§ Reviews and modifies the SPSA
§ Monitors and evaluates implementation of SPSA and resulting student achievement
§ Assesses effectiveness of planned strategies, activities and remedies
§ Participates in local, state, and federal reviews of the school’s program for compliance and quality;
§ Collaborates with other Advisory Groups (English Learner Advisory Committee -- ELAC, School’s Guiding Coalition)
§ Obtains recommendations from school guiding coalition, and special committees regarding the focus of the school’s SPSA
§ Completes English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) tasks.
§ Encourages parent, family, and community involvement
§ Encourages broad representation of parents, community members, teachers and students, if appropriate
§ Includes all socioeconomic, ethnic, and programmatic groups represented in the school-community.
§ Develops and oversees Title I Parent Involvement Policy and Home-School Compact.
The main task of the SSC is to develop a Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) for the school every year.
The intent of the Single Plan for Student Achievement is to create a cycle of continuous improvement of student performance, and to ensure that all students succeed in reaching state academic standards. The school plan serves as an official document in audits to determine appropriate expenditures of categorical funds. Categorical funds are federal and state monies that are available for specific purposes. Below is description of these funds.
Ø Purpose: To help educationally disadvantaged students succeed in the regular program. EIA/SCE is a program supporting additional educational services for students achieving below grade level. This fund should help these students in the Core Program.
Economic Impact Aid/English Learner Program (EIA/LEP)
Ø Purpose: To develop fluency in English and academic proficiency of English Learners. EIA/LEP funds should help to develop fluency in English and academic proficiency of English Learners.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
Title I: School-wide Program
Ø Purpose: Upgrade the entire educational program of the school.
Title I: Targeted Assistance Program
Ø Purpose: Help students achieving below grade level with proficiency.
Ø Allowable Expenditures
Expenditures are allowable if they:
• Provide an effective means of achieving the purposes of the program funding source
• Are a reasonable use of limited resources • Are necessary to achieve the goals of the plan
• Provide Supplementary services for eligible students.
• Funds “Supplement (add to), and not Supplant (replace)" state and local expenditures
IF you are interested in being on the Lindhurst High School Site Council, please contact the Principal, Bob Eckardt, at 741-6150.