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WHAT DO SCHOOL COUNCILS DO?

School Councils bring together the parent community and enhance the communication between the school and the school community. This is accomplished by providing feedback and advice to your school principal and the school district on significant education issues, and by planning activities that support the active participation of parents/guardians and your school community.

 

WHO SITS ON YOUR SCHOOL COUNCIL?

Membership on school councils is open to all parents/guardians of students enrolled in the school, as well as community members, intermediate/secondary students, the school principal (non-voting), teachers and administrative staff. There must be a majority of parents/guardians among your school council members. Your school council should reflect the diversity of your community. Members of the Council are elected annually in the fall

 

Parent Representatives

  • contribute to school and school council discussions
  • solicit views of other parents/guardians and community members to share with the council
  • participate on council committees
  • observe the council’s code of ethics and constitution
  • encourage parents/guardians and community members to participate in events and programs

 

School Staff Representatives

  • contribute to school and school council discussions
  • solicit views from staff to share with the council
  • participate on council committees
  • observe the council’s code of ethics and constitution
  • communicate with staff on behalf of the council

In addition to your responsibilities as an advisory body, school councils are responsible for establishing annual goals and priorities, providing information and training for your new school council members, and promoting the best interests of your school community as a whole.

WHO CAN BE ELECTED TO YOUR SCHOOL COUNCIL?

Any parent/guardian of a student enrolled in your school can be elected as a parent member of the school council.* Your school council constitution will describe the membership and officer positions on the council, as well as the roles and responsibilities that accompany these positions.

The school principal will ensure that the elections of the teaching and administrative staff members are carried out each fall by their peer group. At the intermediate and secondary levels, the school principal will also ensure that the election of the student member is carried out each fall by the student body.

The term of office for all elected school council members is one year. The elected school council member holds office from the date that he/she is elected until the date of the next school council elections. A school council member may be reelected as per the terms established in the school council constitution.

Any parent/guardian of a student enrolled in your school can vote to elect the parent members of the school council. The teaching and administrative staff members as well as the student member (intermediate and secondary levels) of the council must be elected by their peers. Each person is entitled to one vote for each vacant position on the council.

 

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