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.
Our SAC Goals:
- Pensacola Beach Elementary School will decrease the number of students who scored Levels I or II in reading and/or math sections of the 2002-2003 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
- Pensacola Beach Elementary School will provide a safer and healthier environment for all students, staff and volunteers.
- Pensacola Beach will provide additional opportunities for parental and volunteer involvement in the educational process, increasing the number of volunteers and/or number of volunteer hours.
School Advisory Councils were established in 1991 under the guidelines of the Florida School Accountability Act from the State of Florida. School Advisory Committees (SAC) operate under state and district guidelines. School Advisory Committees are required to have at least ten members including teacher, parent, instructional support personnel local community representatives. Members are elected by their peer groups (parents elect parent members, teachers elect teacher members.). Our SAC meets monthly at the school. Any interested parent or community members are invited to attend.
State guidelines for SAC’s have changed recently regarding membership and elections. A member does not have to re-elected to serve each year. If they choose, they can continue to serve for up to three consecutive years. Elections are held each fall now instead of the spring.
Useful Links on SAC