Site Based Decision Making Committee Members & By-Laws
- President/Chair: Phyllis Walker
- Co-Chair: Deisha Buffington
- Community: Zahirah Robinson and Andrea Washington
- Teachers: Jessica Mickish, Alex Hanner, Barbara Triplett, Deisha Buffington, Phyllis Walker
- Business: Don Hunter
- Principal: DeMarcus Goree-Watkins
- Campus Non-teaching: Elvira Fletcher
- District Professional: Laural Dickerson
- Parents: Llonella Simpson and Tina Cruickshank
Article I - Name
The campus‐level team shall be known as the Forest Lane Academy Site‐Based Decision-Making Team.
Article II - Purpose
The purpose of the Forest Lane Academy Site‐Based Decision‐Making Team is to improve the level of student achievement for all students at Forest Lane Academy School.
Article III - Membership
Section 1 - Size and Composition
The Forest Lane Academy Site-Based Decision-Making team 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
- Six classroom teachers (nominated and elected by teachers only to serve on the Site‐Based Decision-Making Team, with the elected supervised by the Principal and members of the Site‐Based Decision-Making 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 Site‐Based Decision-Making 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 the Site‐Based Decision-Making Team). A district-level staff member is one who serves multiple campuses.
- Two parents (elected by parents only with the election to be supervised by the campus parent group; membership in the campus parent group is not required). 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 and elected members). 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 and elected members). 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.
- 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
The predominant parent group supervises the election of parent representatives.
Elections will occur in the spring semester the year before next school year. The principal will communicate with the parents and ask for nominations and or volunteers via parent newsletter communication. The principal will share information with the committee and the committee will vote on members for the next school year in May.
Teacher Representatives, Campus‐Based Non‐teaching Professional Staff Member, and District‐Level Professional Staff Member.
The election of teacher representatives of the campus‐based professional staff member and the district‐level professional staff member is supervised by the Principal and members of the Site‐Based Decision-Making Team. Teachers vote for teachers, campus-based professional staff members vote for the campus‐based professional staff representative and all professional staff vote for the district‐level professional staff member. The Site‐Based Decision-Making Team shall elect the Site‐Based Decision-Making Team representative among the Site‐Based Decision-Making Team faculty member representatives.
The principal will communicate with the staff and ask for nominations via staff weekly communication. The breakdown of staff member needs will be shared. The principal will share information with the committee and the committee will vote on staff members for the next school year in May.
Section 3 - Terms
Teacher and parent representatives are elected for one-year terms. The school council, in its bylaws, may adopt a policy setting different terms beginning with subsequent elections.
Section 4 - Officers (Co-Chaired by the Principal)
- Prepares committee meeting agendas with the assistance of the Principal
- Guides meetings and encourages input from all members
- Performs Chair’s duties in his/her absence
- Serves as the chair of the Evaluation and Modification Committee
- Prepares and maintains minutes of committee meetings
- Maintains committee membership roster and by-laws
- Monitors committee’s energy and interaction
- Keeps committee on track and ensures activities are completed in a timely manner
Section 5 - Attendance
All members are encouraged to attend all four meetings. Attendance and meeting notes are kept in our campus Google file.
Section 6 - Vacancies
A vacancy in an elected position must be filled by-election. A vacancy in a selected position is filled by selecting the remaining members of the team
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.
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 every nine weeks.
Section 2 - Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called with 5 days’ notice.
Section 3 - Submission of Items for the Meeting Agenda
New business will be brought to the attention of the team after the all agenda items have been read and reviewed. SBDM Memeber will email the secretary/note keepers and the principal to add items on the agenda. Items add will need to be aligned with the campus CIP. The principal will make the final decision on items added to the agenda.
Section 4 - Communication of members with the larger school community
Meeting times, agendas, and minutes
When appropriate, the principal will communicate the team’s work with the larger school community via the principal’s weekly newsletter.
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 - Meetings
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
We will use majority vote to reach a decision. In the event of a tie, the principal will be the decising vote.