Effective cooperation for educational excellence requires an organizational framework for parental
and community involvement, both at the district level and at individual schools. As set forth in this
policy, the district hereby empowers the District Advisory Committee (DAC) and School Advisory
Committees (SACs) to assist the district to organize and energize community and parental
involvement in the schools. It is the district’s expectation that the DAC and SACs will give
advanced public notice of all committee meetings, ensure that all meetings are open to the public,
and hold regular annual meetings.
This policy statement sets forth the purposes of the DAC and SACs, defines their respective role and
responsibilities and establishes the responsibilities of the district and its personnel toward the DAC
and SACs, and complies with and interprets Board policy 4.1.7.
A. Purpose of the DAC
The district empowers the DAC:
1. To provide support to schools in the development of effective SACs; and,
2. When appropriate, to participate in the evaluation, development and resolution of
issues which impact the schools and district.
B. Purpose of SACs
The district empowers the SACs:
1. To provide a forum for parents, teachers, students and community members at each
school for the dissemination of information about the school and the district, the
discussion of school and district issues and the promotion of parental and community
participation in the school;
2. To assess any issues or developments that affect the school or the district and to
advise the school principal, district administrators and the DAC of concerns and
expectations among students, parents and community members on such matters; and,
3. To work with the school principals as part of a site-based management team in
defining and ensuring the implementation of the school’s mission, allocating
resources at the site, and setting and achieving educational goals for the school.
There should be a representative of the SAC within the school governance structure.
However, this involvement in no way impedes or limits the principal’s ability and
responsibility to lead and manage the school building.
C. Responsibilities of the District to the DAC
1. To work cooperatively with the DAC in establishing effective SACs at each school;
2. To continue supporting the operation of the Parenting Resource Center, which will
be among the district’s primary agents in the promotion and development of SACs;
3. To provide timely and relevant information to the DAC on issues which impact the
schools and the district and on which DAC input should be expected.
D. Responsibilities of the DAC to the District
1. To work cooperatively with the district in the assessment, development and
resolution of issues which impact the schools and the district; and,
2. To assist the Parenting Resource Center in developing effective SACs and in
planning and providing training to SAC officers.
E. Responsibilities of the DAC to SACs
1. To provide timely and relevant information as provided by the district or developed
by the DAC on district issues and developments which impact schools;
2. To provide assistance to each school in the development of its SAC; and
3. To plan and participate in training for SAC officers in cooperation with the Parenting
F. Responsibilities of SACs to the DAC
1. To designate one (1) delegate to serve on the DAC. The SAC chairperson, his/her
designee, or a person selected by the school SAC will serve as the school delegate;
2. To encourage the school’s DAC delegate to attend and participate in DAC meetings
on a regular basis; and
3. To support and encourage attendance at DAC-sponsored SAC training.
G. Responsibilities of Principals to SACs
SACs can be most valuable when they have access to information affecting their schools and
the district in general. Principals have the responsibility:
1. To foster the development and maintenance of effective SACs at their schools;
2. To keep SAC members informed of school and district programs, goals,
accomplishments, new initiatives and major challenges;
3. To involve SAC members, when appropriate, in the process of formulating plans for
instructional improvement and other school-based activities; and
4. To establish regular means of communication with parents and community members
about the district and the school to the extent that fiscal resources allow.
The principal is the instructional leader of the building. While the SAC may provide
input, the principal has final authority on building decisions unless advised otherwise
by the superintendent. The principal at each school is the primary contact person for
that school’s SAC. However, when seeking information or clarification, the SAC
may communicate directly with any appropriate district official.
H. Responsibilities of SACs to Principals
1. To work cooperatively with the principal and other SAC members to define and
implement the school’s mission, allocate resources at the site and establish and
achieve educational goals for the school; and
2. To establish regular means for communication of information about the district and
the school through meetings, newsletters and other means in order that parents and
community members will be informed.
I. Decision Making and Problem Solving at Schools
1. The principal shall involve the SAC in site-based deliberations and planning
processes involving the school’s mission, allocation of resource and setting and
achieving educational goals when appropriate as determined by the principal. Those
issues include the instructional program of the school, the formulation of all school
budgets and the planning, development and enhancements of the curriculum and
instructional program at the school; and
2. The SAC representative shall be provided the opportunity to interview candidates for
the principalship for their respective school prior to the superintendent making a
recommendation to the Board of Directors.
3. The principal and the SAC should work cooperatively to achieve consensus
whenever possible. If there are persistent disagreements or problems between the
principal and the SAC, the SAC should seek resolution at the next level of
administrative authority. Any issues not satisfactorily resolved by the Office of
Student Support and Community Services (OSSCS) may be presented to the
superintendent for full discussion and decision.
J. SAC Organizational Structure
Each school will have a SAC, operating under bylaws, that will:
1. Meet monthly during the school year; and
2. Consist of parents and guardians of children in the school, teachers, members of the
community, business partners and students in middle and high school.
The principal serves in an ex officio capacity as a voting member of the SAC but
cannot hold office.
3. SAC meetings will be facilitated by SAC members.
4. A voting SAC member must be a parent/guardian of a student in that school.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.
Cross Refs: AD, School District Mission
BCE, Board Committees/Advisory Committees to the Board
BDDH, Public Participation at Board Meetings
BF, School Board Policy Process
Gov. Refs: Ends – 1.0
Limitations – 4.1.3, 4.1.4, 4.1.6, 4.1.7, 4.1.8
Kansas City 33 School District, Kansas City, Missouri
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