What is the School Site Council (SSC)?
The School Site Council is composed of equal numbers of parent and staff. The basic principle behind the SSC is that those individuals who are most affected by the operation of their school should have a major role in the decisions regarding how their school functions. It is the role of the SSC to advise the principal and staff on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the school improvement plan, and to allocate SIP funds from the state to support the goals of the school plan. The SSC reviews the progress of the school in achieving the goals of the plan.
Why do we have a School Site Council?
In the 1970’s, 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 new law also required that schools establish School Site Councils (SSC) in order to receive and spend the extra funding provided by SIP.
What's in the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)?
The SIP also requires the SSC to have a School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), which is designed, implemented, and monitored by the SSC to ensure that the 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. The Plan contains the following:
1. An Overview of The Plan.
2. District Common Pages details philosophy, community description, coordination of services and SSC membership information.
3. Budget Information.
4. Core Curriculum Information includes strategies, standards and assessment, curricular disciplines and required program services to support the core curriculum.
5. Needs Assessment and Evaluation details the analysis of our students' academic strengths and needs, student support beyond the classroom, staff needs, parent needs and school priorities.
6. Major Focus Area includes our focus area and Program Quality Review plan.
7. Other School Curricular Priorities.
8. Staff Development Days Focus.
Can I see the plan?
A copy of the School Plan for Student Achievement is available in the school office for you to read.
How much money does the SSC have to spend?
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 year. Some years it gets a cost of living adjustment, some years it doesn't.
Doesn’t the state always put specific restrictions on funding given to schools?
Yes, but in the 90’s, the state passed the School Based Coordinated Program (SBCP), which gave the schools more power to spend their funding more effectively. The SBCP allows schools to coordinate some categorical funds (SIP, GATE, and some special education) paid by different State funding sources to serve all students, as long as the school is meeting the needs of all special populations. The SSC is the body that determines whether or not, and how to redirect these funds.
When and where does the School Site Council meet?
The SSC meets the first Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the staff room. The agenda is available at the meeting.
How can I get involved?
If you have any questions or are interested in being a part of the Zanker School Site Council, leave a phone message, a written message in the office, or better yet, attend a meeting!
Come join us!