Making decisions through shared decision making results in a greater commitment to implementing decisions that will enhance the achievement of students.
What is the School-Based Decision Making Council?
A Site-Based Decision Making Council governs each school. Membership of the council includes 2 parents, 3 teachers and 1 administrator of the school. The council has the responsibility to set school policy and make decisions outlined in statute which shall provide an environment to enhance student achievement and help meet the goals established in KRS 158.645 and KRS 158.6451
How long do members serve in their elected positions?
Terms for all members run annually from July 1 to June 30. Teachers are elected annually by their peers. The elected teacher names must be given to the council by June 1. Parents are elected annually, during the proceeding April, on a date set by the largest parent organization serving the school. The elected parent names must be given to the council by June 1.
What training is required?
School council training required under this subsection shall be conducted by trainers endorsed by the Department of Education. Members elected for the first time shall complete a minimum of 5 clock hours of training in the process of school-based decision making, no later than thirty (30) days after the beginning of the service year for which they are elected to serve. Individuals who have served on a council before and have completed the initial six hours of training-must complete 3 hours of additional training no later than one hundred twenty (120) after the beginning of the service year for which they are elected to serve.
Are there any other requirements?
All parent SBDM members are legally required to have a fingerprint-supported criminal history check. If a parent completed his or her fingerprinting the previous year and has been reelected to another term, then he or she is not required to be fingerprinted again. However, if there is a break in his or her time on the council, the he or she must be fingerprinted again.