Next meeting: Monday, May 13, 2013
6:00-7:30 pm at the District Complex in the Board Room
Hernando County School Board Council of Councils
Each school in Florida is required to establish a School Advisory Council (SAC). A SAC assists in the preparation and evaluation of the school's improvement plan and in the preparation of the school's annual budget, as well as other functions assigned to it by the district school board. The Council of Councils is made up of the Chairperson of each school’s SAC. The Council of Councils will meet several times during the year with the Director of School Improvement for exchanging ideas, help in identifying and resolving district issues and assist in promoting parent/community involvement throughout the district. Both the SAC and Council of Councils' responsibility is to improve student achievement among a school's stakeholders: principal, teachers, school staff, parents, students and community members.
Members of the 2012-2013 Hernando County School Board Council of Council
Cindy Vandiver, Brooksville Elementary
Michelle Diaz, Chocachatti Elementary
Cindy Casto, Deltona Elementary
Joe Murphy, Eastside Elementary
Kathy Hamm, Moton Elementary
Kara Hazivasilis & Amy Jacobson, Pine Grove Elementary
Juan Triana, Spring Hill Elementary
Jennifer Anselmo, Suncoast Elementary
Sarah Johnston, Westside Elementary
Betty Draper, Challenger K-8
Dacey Mahoney, Explorer K-8
Ron de Lama, JD Floyd K-8
Jess Maeder, Winding Waters K-8
Lisa Becker, D.S. Parrott Middle School
Di’Ana Carrasquillo, Fox Chapel Middle School
James Peppe, Powell Middle School
Tina Tauriello, West Hernando Middle School
David Rodriguez, Central High School
Raymond Rey, Hernando High School
Marianne Fertig & Suzette Parrish-Manuel, Nature Coast Technical HS
Aimee Whitehead, Springstead High School
Timothy Hill, Weeki Wachee High School
Dianna Yoder, Endeavor
Information about School Advisory Councils
What does a school advisory council do?
Each public school in Florida is required to establish a school advisory council (SAC).1 A SAC assists in the preparation and evaluation of the school's improvement plan and in the preparation of the school's annual budget, as well as other functions assigned to it by the district school board.2 Monies received by a school for implementation of its school improvement plan may only be spent on programs or projects selected by the school advisory council.3 Additionally, if the school receives a financial award pursuant to the Florida School Recognition Program, then the SAC, jointly with school staff, determine how to distribute the award, within statutory parameters
Who are the members of a school advisory council?
Each SAC must be composed of the school principal and an “appropriately balanced” number of teachers, education support employees, students, parents, and other business and community citizens who are representative of the ethnic, racial, and economic community served by the school. Council members who represent teachers, education support employees, students, and parents must be elected by their respective peer groups at the school while business and community citizens must be elected according to procedures established by the district school board. A majority of the members must not be employed by the school district.
High school and career center advisory councils must, and middle and junior high school advisory councils may, include students. Career center and adult education center advisory councils are not required to include parents as members.
Is the membership of a school advisory council reviewed for compliance with state law?
Yes. District school boards are required to develop policies for periodically monitoring the membership of the SACs.6 If a SAC is not representative of the ethnic, racial, and economic community served by the school, the board must appoint additional members to achieve proper representation.7 The Department of Education is also required to review the membership of each SAC.8 If a school is not in compliance with membership requirements, funds from the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund may not be released to the district until a department-approved corrective action plan has been developed
Are meetings of a school advisory council subject to the Government-in-the-Sunshine Law?
Yes. SAC meetings are public meetings that are subject to the Government-in-the-Sunshine Law.
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