SAC "Toolbox" - The Basics

  updated on 12.06.2013
  These pages were created to help parents, community, and schools find information that will help govern their School Advisory Councils, commonly referred to as "SAC."   
Click here for FL-SAC info - a statewide network of Florida SAC members.
What is a School Advisory Council?

The School Advisory Council (SAC) is a team of people representing various segments of the community–parents, teachers, students, administrators, support staff, business/ industry people and other interested community members. The purpose of a SAC is to assist in the preparation and evaluation (developing and evaluating) of the results of the school improvement plan and to assist the principal with the annual school budget. Additionally, SAC receives funds "to be used at the discretion of the School Advisory Committee A portion of the money should be used for implementing the school improvement plan."  "The improvement plan shall include performance indicators which are measurable."  "Funding for use by the School Advisory Councils should be allocated directly to the School Advisory Councils, should be clearly earmarked for their use and is not subject to override by the Principal or interim approvals by school district staff. These moneys may be expended only on programs or projects selected by the school advisory council.  These moneys may not be used for capital improvements." 

Each school in the State of Florida must have a SAC.  By law, each SAC must be composed of the principal and an “appropriately balanced” number of “stakeholders.” These individuals must be representative of the ethnic, racial and economic makeup of the community served by the school. High schools and vocational technical centers must have students on the SACs. Middle and junior high schools may to include students on their SAC.   The majority of SAC members (over 50 percent) must not be employed by the school on whose SAC they serve.

"The whole point of school improvement is data-driven decision making. The process is SUPPOSED to be fairly simple and straight forward: The SAC reviews relevant data (which is much more than test scores), identifies problem areas, develops improvement strategies, monitors their implementation, and then starts the whole process over when the next round of data is available." -- KM, DOE


HUMOR - our cherished children....
The best inheritance parents can give their children is a few minutes of their time every day. 
Children are natural mimics, who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.
I love to give homemade gifts...which one of my kids do you want? 
Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your kids. 
Anyone who says 'easy as taking candy from a baby' has never tried it.
I asked Mom if I was a gifted child...she said I had to be 'cause they certainly wouldn't have paid for me. 
Becoming aware of my character defects leads me naturally to the next step of blaming my parents. 
We childproofed our home 3 years ago but they're still getting in! 
Be nice to your kids. They'll choose your nursing home. 
If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it
says on the aspirin bottle: "Take two Aspirin" and "Keep away from children."
Children seldom misquote you.  In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.
The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.
STUDENTS...
You're not sleeping in class, you're "rationing consciousness."
The food at the school cafeteria isn't awful. It's "digestively challenged."
No one fails a class anymore, he's merely "passing impaired."
You don't have detention, you're just one of the "exit delayed."
These days, a student isn't lazy. He's "energetically declined."
Your locker isn't overflowing with junk, it's just "closure prohibitive."
Your homework isn't missing, it's just having an "out-of-notebook experience."
You don't have smelly gym socks, you have "odor-retentive athletic footwear."
You weren't passing notes in class. You were "participating in the discreet exchange of penned meditations."
You're not being sent to the principal's office. You're "going on a mandatory field trip to the administrative building."

 


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