Oak Hill Site-Based Decision Making

Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Councils
A Parent's Opportunity to Make a Difference

All regular schools in the Pulaski County School System are under the governance of site-based decision making (SBDM) councils. SBDM councils consist of the principal, three teachers, and two parents or a proportionally equal council. The teaching staff elects the teacher members and the parents of the school elect the parent members.

SBDM councils have authority over curriculum, assignment of staff time, assignment of students, determination of school schedule and space, instructional practices, discipline, extracurricular programs and policies, parent involvement, and staff hiring at each individual school. The Board of Education or Central Office personnel may not interfere with these areas unless a violation of policy and/or law exists.

Since the SBDM councils at the individual schools have the power to make these very important decisions, it is crucial for parents to understand the process and get involved in SBDM meetings and committee work.
First, communicate with the parent council members. They represent you! Make sure they know your views about education and how the school should be serving your child.

Second, get involved as a SBDM committee member. All schools have committees that work on specific issues such as curriculum, discipline, and facilities. These committees make reports and recommendations to the SBDM council for policy consideration. This is a way to work on issues that interest you without being a SBDM council member.

Third, cast your vote for your parent representative. Elections are held for in the spring for the upcoming year. Find out when your school will be holding parent elections and chose a representative that supports your views on your child's education.

Fourth, consider running for the SBDM council. It is the best way to make a difference at your child's school.

It is important to become involved in the decision making process. Parents have the opportunity to make their child's school the best it can be. Do not let this opportunity pass by.

Do you know who your current SBDM member is for your school?  Click here to get a complete listing of SBDM members by site.
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