What Councils Do

  • Develop policies to enhance student achievement and meet education reform goals.
  • When a vacancy occurs, select a principal from a list of candidates recommended by the superintendent.
  • Decide how many people to employ in each job classification, e.g., decide how many teachers, how many aides, how many custodians, and so on.
  • Provide consultation to the principal whenever there is a vacancy on staff.
  • Select the following resources:
    • textbooks;
    • instructional materials, i.e., materials that help students learn or help teachers teach, other than textbooks;
    • student support services, i.e., services that help students become ready and able to learn; and
    • professional development (65% of funding).
  • Determine
    • the local school budget;
    • the organization of ungraded primary; and
    • a comprehensive school safety plan.
  • Set policy in the following areas:
    • enhancing the school environment;
    • curriculum, i.e., what to teach;
    • assigning staff time for both instructional and non-instructional programs;
    • assigning students to classes and programs;
    • developing the school schedule;
    • the use of school space;
    • instructional practices, i.e., how to teach;
    • discipline and classroom management;
    • committees; and
    • extracurricular activities and programs.
  • Develop processes for deciding:
    • whether school is in line with state standards;
    • how the school will use technology; and
    • how the school determines whether its programs work.

What Councils Do Not Do

  • Run the school on a day to day basis.
  • Break local, state or federal laws.
  • Risk health and safety.
  • Risk lawsuits.
  • Break contracts.
  • Spend money the school does not have.
  • Make decisions outside their areas of responsibility.
  • (For example, evaluate or fire staff, set salaries, raise taxes, set bus routes, assign students to schools, decide when to build new buildings, pay utility bills, etc.

SBDM Parent Member Eligibility

A parent council member shall be a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian of a student that will be enrolled in the school during the upcoming school year. A parent is not eligible if he/she is an employee or a relative of an employee of that school or the district central office, or a local school board member or the spouse of a school board member. Terms of school council members shall be for one (1) year beginning July 1.

Contact the school office at 270-597-2932 to make nominations and get answers for any further questions you may have.

Web Links

KY Dept of Education SBDM Page