School Site Council (SSC)
Each SCUSD school must have an elected School Site Council (SSC) to represent parents, students, community members, and school staff in the school governance process. The SSC has a number of important responsibilities, including:
• Reviewing and analyzing student achievement data,
• gathering community input,
• helping develop the Academic Plan and the school site budget,
• and monitoring the implementation of the plan and budget.
The elected members of the SSC represent parents, students, community members, and school staff in school governance. By state law, the SSC must oversee the site-based budgeting of categorical funds. In SCUSD, the SSC plays a broader role in developing the School Development and Improvement Plan (SDIP) and overall school site budget. The SSC is expected to:
• Review and analyze student data.
• Solicit community input.
• Assist the principal in developing the SDIP and school site budget.
• Monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the SDIP on an ongoing basis.
• Approve the SDIP and school site budget before it is submitted to the District for final review and approval.
The council shall be composed of the principal and representatives of teachers selected by teachers at the school; other school staff selected by other school staff at the school; parents of students attending the school or community members selected by parents of students and, in secondary schools, students selected by students (California Education Code Section 52852). At the elementary level the council shall be constituted to ensure parity between (a) school staff members (principal, classroom teachers and other school staff); and (b) parent/community members (EC 52852). In other words one-half of the members must be school staff (classroom teachers shall comprise the majority of this half of the council) and the other half must be parents/community members.