School Site Council (SSC)
The SSC is an elected decision-making group comprised of parents, community members, site administrators, teachers and other staff. At the secondary level, students are included. The SSC has an ongoing responsibility to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the site plan. The SSC also oversees all the categorical funds such as Title I, Second Language and GATE. All schools are required to have an SSC. Contact your site administrator or SSC chair if you are interested in joining.
CRAWFORD HIGH SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL BYLAWS
Duties of the School Site Council
The school site council of Crawford High School, hereinafter referred to as the council, shall carry out the following duties:
· Obtain recommendations for, and review of, the proposed Single Plan for Student Achievement from all school advisory committees.
· Develop and approve the plan and related expenditures in accordance with all state and federal laws and regulations.
· Recommend the plan and expenditures to the governing board for approval.
· Provide ongoing review of the implementation of the plan with the principal, teachers, and other school staff members.
· Make modifications to the plan whenever the need arises.
· Submit the modified plan for governing board approval whenever a material change (as defined in district governing board policy) is made in planned activities or related expenditures.
· Annually evaluate the progress made toward school goals to raise the academic achievement of all students.
· Carry out all other duties assigned to the council by the SDUSD Board of Education and by state law.
Section A: Composition
The council shall be composed of 13 members, selected by their peers, as follows:
4 classroom teachers (2 alternates)
1 CSEA (2 alternates)
3 parents or community members
3 students (secondary)
The school principal shall be an ex officio member of the council. Council members chosen to represent parents may be employees of the school district so long as they are not employed at this school.
Section B: Term of Office
Council members shall be elected for 2 year terms. Half, or the nearest approximation thereof, of each representative group shall be elected during odd years, and the remaining number of elected members during even years. For this first year, half of the members will self-select to hold a one year term. At the first regular meeting of the council, each member’s current term of office shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting.
Section C: Voting Rights
Each member of the council is entitled to one vote and may cast that vote on any matter submitted to a vote of the council. Absentee ballots shall not be permitted, but an alternate may represent a selected member.
Section D: Termination of Membership
The council may, by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of all its members, suspend or expel a member. Any elected member may terminate his or her membership by submitting a written letter of resignation to the council chairperson. Members who fail to attend meetings and do not notify the principal may also be removed and replaced by the appropriate stakeholders.
Section E: Transfer of Membership
Membership on the council may not be assigned or transferred.
Section F: Vacancy
Any vacancy on the council occurring during the term of a duly elected member shall be filled by:
appointment of the council for the period of time until the next regular election.
Section A: Officers
The officers of the council shall be a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, and other officers the council may deem desirable.
The chairperson shall:
· Preside at all meetings of the council.
· Sign all letters, reports, and other communications of the council.
· Perform all duties incident to the office of the chairperson.
· Have other such duties as are prescribed by the council.
The vice-chairperson shall:
· Represent the chairperson in assigned duties.
· Substitute for the chairperson in his/her absence.
The secretary shall:
· Keep minutes of all regular and special meetings of the council.
· Transmit true and correct copies of the minutes of such meetings to members of the council and post on the school website.
· Provide all notices in accordance with these bylaws.
· Be custodian of the records of the council.
· Keep a register of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of each member of the council, the chairpersons of school advisory committees, and others with whom the council has regular dealings, as furnished by those persons.
· Perform other such duties as are assigned by the chairperson or the council.
Section B: Election and Terms of Office
The officers shall be elected bi-annually, at the second meeting of the council, and shall serve for two year, or until each successor has been elected.
Section C: Removal of Officers
Any officer may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of all the members.
Section D: Vacancy
A vacancy in any office shall be filled at the earliest opportunity by a special election of the council, for the remaining portion of the term of office.
Section A: Sub-committees
The council may establish and abolish sub-committees of their own membership to perform duties as shall be prescribed by the council. At least one member representing teachers and one member representing parents shall make up the sub-committee. No sub-committee may exercise the authority of the council.
Section B: Other Standing and Special Committees
The council may establish and abolish standing or special committees with such composition and to perform such duties as shall be prescribed by the council. No such committee may exercise the authority of the council.
Section C: Terms of Office
The council shall determine the terms of office for members of a committee.
Section D: Rules
Each committee may adopt rules for its own government not inconsistent with these bylaws or rules adopted by the council, or policies of the district governing board.
Section E: Quorum
One representative present from each stakeholder group shall constitute a quorum (minimum of 5.) The act of a majority of the members present shall be the act of the committee, provided a quorum is present.
Meetings of the Council
Section A: Meetings
The council shall meet regularly on prescheduled dates each month. Special meetings of the council may be called by the chairperson, the principal or by a majority vote of the council.
Section B: Place of Meetings
The council shall hold its regular meetings in Room 801. Alternate meeting places may be determined by the chairperson, principal or by majority vote of the council.
Section C: Notice of Meetings
Written public notice of all meetings shall be given at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. Changes in the established date, time, or location shall be given special notice. All meetings shall be publicized in the following venues: email, posted in the office, and posted on the school website.
All required notices shall be delivered to council and committee members at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting, by mail or e-mail.
Section D: Decision Making Process
The process for reaching decisions shall include the following steps:
Step 1: Decide by consensus.
Step 2: if consensus cannot be reached, the council will vote with a 51% majority needed to pass the item.
Section E: Quorum
Representation of 50% + 1 of the members will result in a quorum (minimum 7 members). The act of a majority of the members present shall be the act of the committee, provided a quorum is present.
Section F: Conduct of Meetings
Meetings of the council shall be conducted in accordance with the rules of order established by California Education Code Section 35147 (c) and with Robert’s Rules of Order or an adaptation thereof approved by the council.
Section G: Meetings Open to the Public
All meetings of the council, and of committees established by the council, shall be open to the public. Notice of such meetings shall be provided in accordance with Section C of this article.
An amendment of these bylaws may be made at any regular meeting of the council by a vote of two-thirds of the members present. Written notice of the proposed amendment must be submitted to council members at least 72 hours prior to the meeting at which the amendment is to be considered for adoption.