School Accountability Committees
Each school is responsible for establishing a SchoolAccountability Committee (SAC), which should consist of at least the followingseven members:
• The principal of the school or the principal’s designee
• At least one teacher who provides instruction in theschool
• At least three parents of students enrolled in the school4
• At least one adult member of an organization of parents,teachers, and students recognized by the school
• At least one person from the community.
The local school board will determine the actual number ofpersons on the SAC and the method for selecting members. If the local schoolboard chooses to increase the number of persons on the SAC, it must ensure thatthe number of parents appointed or elected exceeds the number ofrepresentatives from the group with the next highest representation. A personmay not be appointed or elected to fill more than one of these required memberpositions in a single term.
4Note: Generally, a parent who is an employee ofthe school or who is a spouse, son, daughter, sister, brother, mother or fatherof a person who is an employee of the school is not eligible to serve on a SAC.However, if, after making good-faith efforts, a principal or organization ofparents, teachers and students is unable to find a sufficient number of personswho are willing to serve on the SAC, the principal, with advice from theorganization of parents, teachers and students, may establish an alternativemembership plan for the SAC that reflects the membership specified above asmuch as possible.
If the local school board determines that members are to beappointed, the appointing authority must, to the extent practicable, ensurethat the parents who are appointed reflect the student populations that aresignificantly represented within the school. If the local school boarddetermines that the members are to be elected, the school principal mustencourage persons who reflect the student populations that are significantlyrepresented within the school to seek election. Such student populations mightinclude, for example, students who are members of non-Caucasian races, studentswho are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch, students whose dominant languageis not English, students who are migrant children, students who are identifiedas children with disabilities and students who are identified as giftedchildren.
SACs must select one of their parent representatives toserve as chair or co-chair of the committee. If a vacancy arises on a SACbecause of a member’s resignation or for any other reason, the remainingmembers of the SAC will fill the vacancy by majority action.
The members of the governing board of a charter school mayserve as members of the SAC. In a district with 500 or fewer enrolled students,members of the local school board may serve on a SAC, and the DAC may serve asa SAC.
Each SAC is responsible for the following:
• Making recommendations to the principal on the schoolpriorities for spending school moneys, including federal funds, whereapplicable;
• Making recommendations to the principal of the school andthe superintendent concerning preparation of a school Performance orImprovement plan, if either type of plan is required;
• Publicizing and holding a SAC meeting to discussstrategies to include in a school Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan, ifeither type of plan is required, and using this input to make recommendationsto the local school board concerning preparation of the school PriorityImprovement or Turnaround plan prior to the plan being written;
• Publicizing the district’s public hearing to review awritten school Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan;
• Meeting at least quarterly to discuss whether schoolleadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impedingimplementation of the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement,or Turnaround plan, whichever is applicable, and other progress pertinent tothe school’s accreditation contract;
• Providing input and recommendations to the DAC anddistrict administration, on an advisory basis, concerning principal developmentplans and principal evaluations. (Note that this should not in any wayinterfere with a district’s compliance with the statutory requirements of theTeacher Employment, Compensation and Dismissal Act.); and
• Publicizing opportunities to serve and soliciting parentsto serve on the SAC (per HB 15-1321, small rural districts may waive out ofthis requirement);
• Assisting the district in implementing at the school levelthe district’s family engagement policy (per HB 15-1321, small rural districtsmay waive out of this requirement); and
• Assisting school personnel to increase families’ engagementwith teachers, including families’ engagement in creating students’ READ plans,Individual Career and Academic Plans, and plans to address habitual truancy(per HB 15-1321, small rural districts may waive out of this requirement).