School Advisory Council
The School Advisory Council (SAC) is comprised of the school principal, the past president of the governing board, the chairperson of the parent organization and the chairperson from each of the school's committees. All work of the school will come through the School Advisory Council so everyone is working in unison. This collaborative work process will ensure good communications and give many an opportunity for input into the direction of the school.
The SAC will begin their work with a half-day retreat to plan the first quarter of the school year and will be followed by a meeting once per month. The SAC will work in conjunction with the Teacher's Cadre to develop the School Improvement Plan each year. At the monthly meeting, each committee and work group will report on its progress and the SAC will confirm the plans for the next month.
The purpose of the SAC is to plan, collaborate, and support the school by working with the school board, school principal and staff of the school. Final decisions are made by the school principal and approved by the school board in accordance with school policy. Input and support for decisions comes from the Cadre of Teachers and from the SAC.
Committees and Work Groups
Finance - This committee will manage the finances of the school. They may form subgroups to work with fundraising, grants, and business partnerships to support the financial stability of the school. The committee will work with the school board and principal on budgetary decisions. The Chairperson of this committee will be the Board Treasurer, who may designate a representative to the SAC. Any interested in joining this committee should send their resume and letter of interest to the school board for consideration.
The Teachers Cadre - The educational staff of the school will meet monthly to make recommendations to the Principal on academic and school plans and decisions. This the leadership team for the school when considering curriculum, instruction, resources, staffing, scheduling, professional development, and school culture. They are accountable to the principal and board for student progress and upholding school policy.
Parent Organization - This committee will work on special projects for the school, students, and staff. An annual project for each year will be identified to improve the school. (i.e. raising money for the transportation for field trips, outdoor sinks/water fountains, gardens) This committee will address special needs such as the Sunshine Fund to support students and families. They will focus on supporting and recognizing staff throughout the year. Membership is open to all families of SCCS students. The Chairperson of the parent organization or his/her designee will represent this committee at SAC meetings.
Ad - Hoc Committees
These groups will not meet monthly but will be called as needed to address specific projects. There will be a specific chairperson for each group and as needed the chairman can call a meeting to organize the group to address specific needs of the school. The Chairperson from each group would be part of the school advisory council in order to identify areas that their group might address during the year.
The school board will distribute information about the school work groups and invite anyone interested in serving to submit their name to the school board with a short description of why they would like to work on a specific committee and what they feel they can offer to the work. The past school board president will act as a nominating chair and after reviewing the interested parties make recommendations for committee chairpersons to the school's board. The committee chairperson will then offer invitations to join committees.
The Education and Wellness Group - Focused on education and providing resources for the staff and families when requested. They will build a network of current families that will adopt a new family to nurture and encourage as they learn more about education inspired by Waldorf and become part of our larger community. This group will include wellness, making sure the safety and health of students and staff is addressed.
The Facilities Group - This committee will make recommendations on how to use and improve the facilities, as well as, supervise the maintenance of the facilities.
School Marketing and Public Relations - This committee will work to promote and publicize the work of the school. It will work on materials, provide tours to prospective families and help the principal with the enrollment process. It will build relationships with Media outlets to make sure the school is shown in a positive way in the community.
Room Parents/Special Events Group - This committee will be led by a room parent and will work closely with the school principal and the Teachers Cadre to plan school wide events and celebrations for the school year, including school wide service projects.
Long Range Planning Group - This committee might have several subgroups working on different projects such as developing the plan for attaining school accreditation and guiding the school through the SACS accreditation process. Another subgroup would work on the application for future additions to the school. These plans would often be in conjunction with other groups like finance, fund raising, facilities, etc.