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 DISTRICT 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