SIT Minutes, 2-20-2012

SIT Agenda

Members

Present

Absent

Members

Present

Absent

Bob Duffy

 

x

Donna Garvin

x

 

Sara Blankenship

 

x

Darin Jennings

x

 

Robin Hunter

 

x

Elena Oian

x

 

Lewis Melton

 

x

Carol Ray

x

 

Mary Rose Slaughter

 

x

Colleen Robertson

x

 

Tena Williams

x

 

Terry Winfield

x

 

Krista Wilson

x

 

Larry Weigel

x

 

Jan Zboyovski

x

 

Jackie Romanos

x

 

 

 

 

Lisa Marx

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. The School Improvement team welcomed two new members representing our parents:  Jackie Romanos and Lisa Marx.

2. Anna Austin, president of Buncombe County’s Association of Educators, led a SIT training session for the committee.  She gave each member a copy of the state law and described parts of the laws they affect the membership and functions of this committee.  She led discussions on the following topics:

¾    The committee should have representatives from all groups at PEP

¾    Members should be elected by secret ballot by the group they represent

¾    Funds allocated to the school by the local board should be used in accordance with the school improvement plan

¾    The school improvement plan should include use of staff development funds, literacy, school safety, effective instructional practices, duty free lunch time and duty free instructional time for planning for teachers

¾    SIT plans should be for 2 to 3 years and have 3 to 5 goals to be manageable.

¾    The plan is voted on by all school personnel for support. “No” votes should have a blank line included to explain what was not acceptable so the committee can rework the plan.  Once the plan is approved, the plan is submitted to central office by the administrator.  The final plan must have the approval of school personnel and central office. Plans can be modified but all modifications must go through the same process.  Data should be collected on a regular basis to monitor progress and evaluate the efficacy of the goal.

¾    SIT plans are encouraged to have parent involvement programs and to review its need for a comprehensive conflict resolution program.

¾    Performance standards for students and a safe school plan should also be a part of the plan.

¾    Meetings are open to anyone in the community interested in attending.  The agenda and minutes should be published for all school members (administrators, staff, parents, support personnel)

 

3. A discussion about how this information impacts PEP was held. 

¾    What topics should the committee address, e.g. staff morale?  The SIT can either address an issue or suggest another committee be formed to address it.  Staff should know who their representative is to help with the flow of communication.

¾    How do we know what we should do? Having written by-laws will help both the committee and others understand what the committee does and will promote continuity over changing membership.  Bylaws can include who serves, for how long; topics the committee should be concerned with, etc.  The bylaws should be approved by all groups involved.

¾    How can we communicate what we do with everyone? Publishing the minutes on the school website would give parents access to the minutes.  Agenda and minutes could be emailed to all school staff. 

¾    Anna will send us examples of other SIT bylaws and a general timeline for issues that need to be addressed: new plan, reviews, voting, funding issues, etc.

¾    Donna will be glad to forward any comments or questions from the committee members to Anna.

 

4.  Staff Development:  Larry informed the committee that Claire Greer is not available to conduct a training session for us but she has suggested another person.  The committee agreed Larry should contact this person.  All teachers will need to attend the final session of their Common Core training at the site they signed up for.  Larry will request that we be allowed to meet and discuss the extensions of the Common Core rather than meet with elementary level groups.  Terry requested each teacher be given a copy of the extensions of the Common Core appropriate for the grade levels taught. 

 

                                                                                                  

Next meeting March 19, 2012

Topics:  Questions / comments on SIT training:  Bylaws, elections, new plan, other

               Training for Extensions of the Common Core and Essential Standards (Larry)

               Results of Literacy goal data (Mary Rose)

               Other topics: