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School Site Council (SSC)

School Site Council (SSC) Developing, reviewing & updating the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)

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Guide to the Single Plan for Student Achievement - California Department of Education, February 2013

Appendix E: Organizing the School Site Council

I. School Site Council
The California EC requires the School Site Council (SSC) to develop a Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) for ConApp programs operated at the school or in which the school participates. In addition, Pupil Retention and School and Library Improvement Block Grant programs operated at the school must be included in the SPSA. The SSC must approve the plan, recommend it to the local governing board for approval, monitor implementation of the SPSA, and evaluate the results.

At least annually, the SSC must revise the SPSA, including proposed expenditures of funds allocated to the school through the ConApp, and recommend it to the local governing board for approval. Also, the SSC annually considers whether or not the school will participate in the School-Based Coordinated Program (SBCP) and indicates its decision in the SPSA.

II. Composition
Composition of the SSC is specified in the California EC Section 52852 as follows:
  • The SSC shall be composed of the principal and representatives of: teachers selected by teachers at the school; other school personnel selected by other school personnel at the school; parents of students attending the school selected by such parents; and in secondary schools, students selected by students attending the school.
  • At the elementary level, the SSC shall be constituted to ensure parity between (a) the principal, classroom teachers, and other school personnel; and (b) parents; or other community members selected by parents. In schools with fewer than three teachers, this requirement may be met by establishing a SSC that is composed of equal numbers of school staff and parents or other community members selected by parents.
  • At the secondary level, the SSC shall be constituted to ensure parity between (a) the principal, classroom teachers, and other school personnel, and (b) equal numbers of parents or other community members selected by parents, and students.
  • At both the elementary and secondary levels, classroom teachers shall comprise the majority of persons represented under subdivision (a) of this section.
  • School districts that maintain kindergarten or any of grades one to eight, inclusive, and that maintain schools with fewer than 100 students each, and that share a common attendance area may establish a single SSC for the common attendance area.
  • At the discretion of the local governing board, the middle school may, but is not required to, include student representation on the SSC.
  • If a middle school SSC includes students, the SSC must meet the composition requirements of secondary schools.
III. Selection
The means of selecting SSC members is not specified in law, except that members must be chosen by peers. No additional membership qualifications may be required. Beyond the composition requirements stated above, no seat on the SSC may be reserved for any group or individual. Membership in most school site councils is determined by ballot, but could be decided in an open meeting by voice vote.

To ensure broad support for the selection process, and to avoid controversy over the selection of SSC members, board policy, or SSC bylaws may specify:
  • The means of selecting members and officers
  • Terms of office for members and officers
  • The notice of elections for each peer group
  • The responsibilities of the SSC and time commitment involved
  • A policy of nondiscrimination, as may occur by limiting membership to a select group
Many schools elect members for a two-year term, with elections for half the members held in even years and half in odd years. This practice ensures that the SSC will not be composed entirely of new members each year. Some schools assure additional continuity by electing non-voting alternate members, who are seated as voting members by the SSC in the event of a midterm vacancy on the school site council.

IV. Officers
In order to conduct business effectively, the SSC needs to include officers with stated responsibilities and authority, including:
  • A chairperson to organize, convene, and lead meetings of the SSC
  • A vice chairperson to serve in the absence of the chairperson
  • A secretary to record actions taken at SSC meetings and keep SSC records
  • A parliamentarian to resolve questions of procedure, often with the help of Robert’s Rules of Order or similar guide
Other officers as necessary to perform stated duties in support of the work of the SCC

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We are looking for 6 parents or guardians to join our School Site Council (SSC).  This is an excellent way to participate in your child's education and help develop an inclusive school culture.  

The SSC team annually reviews and updates the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) including proposed expenditure of funds allocated to the school and serves as the school's safety team.

The SSC team consists of the following stakeholders: parents/guardians (elected by his/her peers), students (elected by his/her peers), teachers (elected by his/her peers), support staff (elected by his/her peers), and the administrator (Dr. Henry, Principal).  All members are elected for two year terms.  
  • All SSC meetings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, except for the August meeting.
  • The meetings will begin at 5:30pm and last around one hour.
  • Refreshments will be provided.
  • Meeting Schedule:
    • Elections = August 18, 2016 (Back to School Night)
    • Meeting #1 = August 25, 2016
    • Meeting #2 = October 20, 2016
    • Meeting #3 = January 19, 2017
    • Meeting #4 = March 16, 2017
    • Meeting #5 = April 20, 2017
    • Meeting #6 = May 18, 2017 
Please fill out the 1617 King Academy SSC Nomination form if you or someone connected to the school would like to participate on this very important team by Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 3:30pm.  Elections will be held at the Back To School Night event on Thursday, August 18, 2016.  If you have questions, please contact the main office at (916) 566-3490.