What is a School Accountability Committee (SAC)?
As a taxpayer, a parent, a community member, and/or a school/district employee, you have a right to know about, and be involved with, the inner workings of our neighborhood school. In the interest of fiscal transparency, moral integrity, academic rigor, and a desire to continue to provide premiere educational services to our students, we have created our School Accountability Committee. The committee consists of Penrose Elementary administration, teachers, staff, parents, and community members who are interested in learning more about, and contributing to, the major decisions that shape the educational culture of our building. We invite you to join us on the 2nd Monday of each month, from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm, to share, listen, and discuss the accomplishments and mutual vision of where Penrose is taking our students into the 21st Century.
School Accountability Committee Structure & Responsibilities
Each school is responsible for establishing a School Accountability Committee (SAC) and should consist of at least the following seven members:
- The principal of the school or the principal’s designee
- At least one teacher who provides instruction in the school
- At least three parents of students enrolled in the school
- At least one adult member of an organization of parents, teachers, and students recognized by the school (Your PTA!)
- At least one person from the community.
SACs must select one of their parent representatives to serve as chair or co-chair of the committee.
Generally, a parent who is an employee of the school or who is a spouse, son, daughter, sister, brother, mother or father of a person who is an employee of the school is not eligible to serve on a SAC. However, if, after making good-faith efforts, a principal or organization of parents, teachers and students is unable to find a sufficient number of persons who are willing to serve on the SAC, the principal, with advice from the organization of parents, teachers and students, may establish an alternative membership plan for the SAC that reflects the membership specified above as much as possible. School Accountability Committee responsibilities include:
- Making recommendations to the principal on the school priorities for spending school moneys, including federal funds, where applicable
- Making recommendations to the principal of the school and the superintendent concerning preparation of a school Performance or Improvement plan, if either type of plan is required
- Publicizing and holding a SAC meeting to discuss strategies to include in a school Priority
- Improvement or Turnaround plan, if either type of plan is required, and using this input to make recommendations to the local school board concerning preparation of the school Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan prior to the plan being written
- Publicizing the district’s public hearing to review a written school Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan
- Meeting at least quarterly to discuss whether school leadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround plan, whichever is applicable, and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract
- Providing input and recommendations to the DAC and district administration, on an advisory basis, concerning principal development plans and principal evaluations. (Note that this should not in any way interfere with a district’s compliance with the statutory requirements of the Teacher Employment, Compensation and Dismissal Act.)
- Publicizing opportunities to serve and soliciting parents to serve on the SAC
- Assisting the district in implementing at the school level the district’s family engagement policy
- Assisting school personnel to increase families’ engagement with teachers, including families’ engagement in creating students’ READ plans, Individual Career and Academic Plans, and plans to address habitual truancy.
Colorado PTA website, (2014). School Accountability Committees. Retrieved from http://copta.org/advocacy-2/school-accountability/, in accordance with Education Accountability Act of 2009 (S.B. 09-163)