Eldorado School Accountability Committee
In Colorado, it is a statutory requirement for every school to have a School Accountability Committee (SAC).
The purpose of the SAC is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parent and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes. The SAC makes recommendations concerning the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround plan, and meets at least quarterly to discuss implementation of the school’s plan and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract with the Board of Education. Final decision-making authority rests with the principal or other person or group receiving the recommendation from the SAC (e.g., The Superintendent, District Accountability Committee (“DAC”) or Board of Education).
The Education Accountability Act of 2009 SB 09-163 and the Rules for the Administration of Statewide Accountability Measures (Updated April 11, 2013) state that the SAC shall have the following powers and duties:
Making recommendations to the Principal on the school priorities for spending school moneys, including federal funds, where applicable.
Making recommendations to the Principal of the school and the Superintendent concerning preparation of a School Performance or Improvement plan, if either type of plan is required.
Publicizing and holding a SAC meeting to discuss strategies to include in a school Priority Improvement or Turnaround Plan, if either type of plan is required, and using this input to make recommendations to the local school board concerning preparation of the school Priority Improvement or Turnaround Plan prior to the plan being written.
Publicizing the district’s public hearing to review a written school Priority Improvement or Turnaround Plan.
Meeting at least quarterly to discuss whether school leadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround Plan, whichever is applicable, and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract.
Providing input and recommendations to the DAC and district administration, on an advisory basis, concerning principal development plans and principal evaluations. (Note that this should not in any way interfere with a district’s compliance with the statutory requirements of the Teacher Employment, Compensation and Dismissal Act.)
Publicizing opportunities to serve and soliciting parents to serve on the SAC.
Assisting the district in implementing at the school level the district’s parent engagement policy.
Assisting school personnel to increase parents’ engagement with teachers, including parents’ engagement in creating students’ READ plans, Individual Career and Academic Plans, and plans to address habitual truancy.
There shall be seven voting members consisting of:
2. KELLY GROSSNICKLE: Teacher – One teacher who provides instruction at the school (employed by District).
3. REBECCA COLLINS: Chairperson - One of three parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in the school.
4. MEGAN MEYERS: Vice Chairperson - One of three parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in the school.
5 BRYAN MOATS: District Accountability Committee (DAC) Representative - One of three parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in the school (employed by District).
6. ANDREA SMYTH: Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) President – One adult member of an organization of parents, teachers, and students recognized by the school.
7. RIKA MEAD: Community Representative – One person from the community not otherwise included above (Article IV, Section A, 1-4) and, if practical, represents the business community. “Community” is defined broadly to mean lives or owns a business in Douglas County and is not a relative of or a legal guardian of a student attending the school they represent. Reference: C.R.S. 22-11-401(1)(a)(I-V)