School Advisory Council

Just what is a School Advisory Council?

The School Advisory Council (SAC) is a team of individuals from various segments of the community; parents, teachers, students, administrators, support staff, business/industry people and other interested community members. The sole purpose of the SAC is to "assist in the preparation and evaluation of the school improvement plan." [ Florida Statute 229.58]

It is the responsibility of the School Advisory Council to help increase student success. In the process of developing the school improvement plan, the SAC conducts a needs assessment that identifies impacts on the school from both outside and within the school. Then, working with the information revealed by the needs analysis, the SAC assists in clarifying the vision for the school and establishing indicators of student success. The SAC focuses on the needs of students, including what they need to know (curriculum content) and be able to do (performance application). The plan also should reflect any special interests and needs of the students and community served by the school.

Another primary task of the SAC is to regularly communicate with other parents, educators, students and community about the school improvement plan. Other key responsibilities of the School Advisory Council include:

  • working as a team

  • holding well-publicized, open meetings

  • encouraging innovation

  • involving other members of the school community in the school improvement process.

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