The School Site Council (SSC) is an elected group of equal number of parents, teachers and/or staff. The basic idea behind the SSC is to involve individuals, who are most affected by our school's operations, in the decision-making process. The role of the SSC is to advise the principal on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the school's overall site plan and school budget. The SSC assures that specific categorical state funds are allocated to the appropriate programs/categories to support the school's overall goals. Throughout the year, the SSC monitors the progression its goals by reviewing school test scores, attendance, parent surveys and input from teachers and students.
In the 1970s, the State of California passed a law that set up the School Improvement Program (SIP), which enabled schools to receive supplemental funding from the state. The law required that schools establish School Site Councils (SSC) in order to receive and spend the extra funding provided by SIP.
According to law, the SSC is required to design, implement, and monitor a School Based Coordinated Plan (SBCP) to ensure that SIP funds are being spent effectively to support school's improvement efforts to attain the highest possible levels of teaching and learning at the school. In SFUSD, the Balanced Score Card (BSC) is the equivalent to the SBCP.
A copy of the Balanced Score Card is available in our school office.
SIP funds come from the state on a per student basis. The amount varies from year to year with CBEDS (California Basic Educational Data System) enrollment. The legislature and governor can add to or cut some of the funding in any given year. The Weighted Student Formula (WSF) provides for a base amount of funding for each student. Additional funds are provided to students based on additional factors (for example language status, family income).
The SSC is still determining the meeting dates for 18/19 school year. Typically meetings begin at 3:15 and are held in Room 13 or the library. The meetings are announced ahead of time in the monthly calendar and the school newsletter. Once the dates have been set for the year they will be added to this notice. Meeting agendas and minutes are kept in the school office in a binder marked SSC.
The results for the Peabody Parent Survey are shared at our SSC and PTA meetings each year. A hardcopy is also sent home for all families to review in advance of our February and March community meetings. A hard copy is also kept in the SSC binder in the school office.
The members of the School Site Council are elected by their peers each year. For example, parents elect the parent representatives and teachers elect the teacher representatives. If you have any questions or are interested in being a part of the Peabody School Site Council, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, you do not have to be a member of the SSC to attend the SSC monthly meetings. They are open to the entire school community. Participation, questions, comments, and concerns are always welcome. See the school calendar for upcoming meeting dates.