Highly Effective Site Councils
KASB provides on-site training for your school site council. Over the past two years, Leadership Services staff has conducted over 25 site council inservices at school sites throughout the state. Materials have also been developed to facilitate site council effectiveness. As part of the training your members receive "A Guide for Kansas School Site Councils" that provides information on legal issues, effective meetings, by-laws, agenda preparation and other important topics.
Contact KASB for details: 800.432.2471, 785.274.3600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Origins of Site Councils in Kansas
In 1992, the Kansas legislature enacted K.S.A. 72-6439, a state statute that instituted the Quality Performance Accreditation (QPA) system. This legislation required all schools to establish site councils, composed of the principal, teachers and other school personnel, parents, business representatives, and other representative community groups. Specifically, the site councils were charged with the following responsibilities:
- Providing advice and counsel in evaluating state, school district, and school site performance goals and objectives, and
- Determining the methods that should be employed at the school site to meet these goals and objectives.
The original purpose of school site councils was to transform schools into effective learning environments by providing school staff and school community members with the authority, flexibility and resources they need to solve educational problems and implement change. Site councils give ownership to those responsible for carrying out decisions by involving them directly in making the decisions. It also enables the school community to create school conditions that facilitate improvement, innovation and continuous learning.
In 2003-2004 the legislature approved Senate Bill 304 which added responsibilities to the School Site Councils, thereby amending K.S.A. 72-6439. The amendments added as a result of SB304 are:
- Site Councils may make recommendations and proposals to the school board regarding budgetary items and school district matters including but not limited to, identify and implementing the best practices for developing efficient and effective administrative and management functions.
- Site councils also may help school boards analyze the unique environment of schools, enhance the efficiency and maximize limited resources, including outsourcing arrangements and cooperative opportunities as a means to address limited budgets.