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Dobie Pre-Kindergarten School

Site Based Decision Making Committee Members & By-Laws

Committee Members

Principal:  Kirstyn Hart

Assistant Principal: Paige Korte

Teachers: Blanca Moore, Orquidea Roller,  Zack Schuster, Victoria Farias, Ghajeja Hashmy, Rebecca Blalock

Non-Teaching Professional: Edilma Stansfield

Paraprofessional: Ketena Griffin

District Rep: Katy Phinney

Parents: Jessica Rincon-Guevara and Arian Fisher

Community Members: Marcie Salamone, Celia Dominguez

Business Community Members: Luis Rives  and Joe Mitchell

Title 1 Parent/Family Engagement Coordinator: Veronica Beltran

Campus By-Laws

Article I - Name

The campus‐level committee shall be known as the Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Site‐Based Decision-Making Committee.

Article II - Purpose

The purpose of the Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Site‐Based Decision‐Making Committee is to improve the level of student achievement for all students at Dobie Pre-Kindergarten School.

Article III - Membership

Section 1 - Size and Composition

The Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Site-Based Decision-Making Team (SBDM) must have a core group of 15 members.

The CORE group of fifteen members shall be established annually, no later than Labor Day of each school year, and will consist of:

  • the campus principal
  • Minimum of six classroom teachers (nominated and elected by teachers only to serve on the SBDM team, with the election supervised by the Principal and members of the SBDM team). Teachers are professional personnel with classroom teaching responsibilities of at least four hours during the instructional day.
  • One campus-based non-teaching professional staff member (nominated and elected by non-teaching professional staff only with the elected supervised by the Principal and members of the SBDM team). Campus-based non-teaching professional staff includes those who hold a professional certificate but do not teach for at least four hours during the instructional day.
  • One district-level professional staff member (nominated and elected by professional staff with the elected supervised by the Principal and members of theSBDM team). A district-level staff member is one who serves multiple campuses.
  • Two parents (Parents volunteered for the SBDM committee after information was shared in the parent newsletter).  A parent is a person who is a parent of, or who stands in parental relation to, a student enrolled at the campus.
  • Two community members (selected by the Principal after receiving information in the parent newsletter). Community members must reside in the district and must be at least 18 years of age.[Education Code 11.251(c)(4)]. They must not be a parent or a District employee. They must be representative of the community’s diversity.
  • Two business community members (selected by the Principal after receiving information in the parent newsletter). Business representatives need not reside in nor operate businesses in the district. [Education Code 11.251(b)] They should be representative of the community’s diversity.

Richardson ISD SBDM Handbook (Last update May 11, 2022) 14

  • In addition, individuals, as determined by the fifteen core members, may be added so that all the school’s major constituent groups are adequately represented (i.e. classroom teachers, parents, teacher assistants, other support personnel, community and/or business representatives, and/or students); however, the overall committee shall be balanced with no one constituent group over‐represented on the committee. The core group of fifteen shall ensure that racial and gender diversity is reflected on the team.
  • At least two‐thirds of team members who represent campus-based selected staff must be teachers (professional personnel with classroom teaching responsibilities for at least four hours of the instructional day).

The Principal shall furnish an up‐to‐date list of names and addresses of all members on the Site‐Based Decision-Making Team to the Superintendent or designee no later than 15 working days after Labor Day.

When team members are added or replaced during the school year, the Principal is responsible within 15 working days for sending to the Superintendent or designee an updated list with the names and addresses of new members.

Section 2 - Elections

a) Parent Representatives

The Dobie PTA will supervise the election of parent representatives.  

  • Parents interested in serving on the SBDM will volunteer by completing an interest form in April of each year.  
  • If more than the required number of parents volunteer, an election will be held during the May PTA meeting.
b) Teacher Representatives, Campus‐Based Non‐teaching Professional Staff Member, and District‐Level Professional Staff Member.

District‐Level Professional Staff Member.

Campus grade level teams/PLCs and departments vote on the member who will represent their grade/department in the SBDM committee meetings. These positions are determined in May for the upcoming school year. 

Section 3 - Terms

SBDM committee members are given an opportunity to continue their participation on the committee each year.

Section 4 - Officers (Co-Chaired by the Principal)

Chair: Principal

Vice-Chair: Instructional Coach

Scribe/Recorder/Secretary: Assistant Principal

Facilitator/Timekeeper: Counselor

  • Chair
    • Prepares committee meeting agendas with the assistance of the Principal
    • Guides meetings and encourages input from all members
  • Vice-Chair
    • Performs Chair’s duties in his/her absence
    • Serves as the chair of the Evaluation and Modification Committee
  • Scribe/Recorder/Secretary
    • Prepares and maintains minutes of committee meetings
    • Maintains committee membership roster and by-laws
  • Facilitator/Timekeeper
    • Monitors committee’s energy and interaction
    • Keeps committee on track and ensures activities are completed in a timely manner

Section 5 - Attendance

Attendance is encouraged at each SBDM committee meeting.

Section 6 - Vacancies

The principal must seek to fill vacancies on the SBDM committee.

Article IV - Committees

Standing committees, subcommittees, special committees, or task forces may be established or abolished as necessary to examine issues in-depth and develop recommendations to bring to the Site‐Based Decision-Making Team. The Principal shall co-chair all committees and subcommittees if it is determined that committees are to be formed.

Article V - Meetings

Section 1 - Regular Meetings

At least four meetings per year outside of the school day are required by policy. The regular meetings of the team shall be held once each quarter.

Section 2 - Special Meetings

Special meetings may be called with 5 days’ notice.

Section 3 - Submission of Items for the Meeting Agenda

SBDM committee members can submit items to be considered on the upcoming agenda.  Submissions are to be submitted 10 days prior to the meeting.

Section 4 - Communication of members with the larger school community

a) Meeting times, agendas, and minutes

Meeting agendas and minutes will be shared in the campus newsletter the week following the meeting.

b) Annual Meeting

A public meeting will be held once a year, after receiving the annual campus rating from the Texas Education Agency, to discuss the performance of the campus and the campus performance objectives. The Site‐Based Decision-Making committee is the representative body through which the faculty may bring forth questions, concerns, and recommendations for the Site‐Based Decision-Making Team to consider for the benefit of the school.

Article VI - PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING

Section 1 - Defined role in Decision Making

The Principal is to consult regularly and receive input from the team in planning, budgeting, curriculum, school organization, staffing patterns, and staff development. The Site‐Based Decision-Making Team must approve the staff development portions of the Campus Improvement Plan (CIP).

The Principal is responsible and accountable for all decisions made at the campus level. The Principal’s responsibility is to ensure that all decisions comply with local and state policy. The Site‐Based Decision-Making Team’s role is advisory, and its input into decision-making is intended to improve the quality of decisions made by the Principal.

Section 2 - Methods for reaching agreement

SBDM ELECTION GUIDELINES

(1) ELECTION OF SIX TEACHER REPRESENTATIVES

  • The Principal and members of the SBDM committee coordinate the nomination and election process of the teacher representatives.

(2) ELECTION OF ONE CAMPUS‐BASED NON‐TEACHING PROFESSIONAL STAFF MEMBER

  • The campus‐based non‐teaching professional staff nominates their representative, with the process supervised by the Principal. Campus-based non‐teaching professional staff members are those with professional certificates who do not teach four hours a day.

         a. ELECTION OF SBDM and DSBDM REPRESENTATIVES

Campus grade level teams and departments will elect the representatives for the SBDM committee from among the faculty nominated to serve on the SBDM team, which includes the elected campus‐based non‐teaching professional.

(3) ELECTION OF ONE DISTRICT‐LEVEL PROFESSIONAL STAFF MEMBER

  • The professional staff on the campus nominates and elects the district‐level professional staff member, with the process supervised by the Principal and members of the SBDM team. District‐level professional staff is those who serve multiple campuses.

(4) ELECTION OF PARENT REPRESENTATIVES

  • Nomination of candidates:

        ○ The predominant parent group can send out a request for nominations but may not select the candidates for the slate.

        ○ Candidates may nominate themselves.

  • The Election Process:
  • The parents have an opportunity to volunteer to serve on the SBDM committee.