Established by Act 51, School Community Councils are forums for exchanging ideas about how to improve student achievement among the school’s stakeholders: principals, teachers, school staff, parents, students, and community members. They help craft the school's Academic and Financial Plan, which sets the goals for the school, the programs, and the available resources to reach these goals.
About the Councils
School Community Councils are forums for exchanging ideas about how to improve student achievement among the school’s stakeholders: principals, teachers, school staff, parents, students, and community members.
School Community Councils are a major part of the overall leadership structure at each school. They are a group of people who are elected by their peers to advise the principal on specific matters that affect student achievement and school improvement. Their primary role is to participate in the process that ensures that the needs of all students are specifically addressed in the overall education plan for the school. The Academic and Financial Plan is a document that highlights the goals for the school, the programs, and the available resources to reach these goals.
Recent research suggests that when done well, this collaborative process contributes to improved school culture and a strong professional community of educators. In addition, effective decision making supports improved classroom practice and student learning. These results indicate that democratic structures like School Community Councils are integral to school and student success.
The Board of Education and the Department recognize these research findings and have developed policies to support School Community Councils based on three common-sense principles:
- ndividuals closest to the students should be more involved in making significant decisions affecting the instructional program of the school.
- A school plan to improve student academic achievement receives more support when people understand and help create that plan.
- When families participate in a variety of ways in their children’s education, including decision-making, their children and the school are more successful.
- Membership on a School Community Council also benefits the individuals involved. The personal advantages of becoming a School Community Council member include:
- Learning about educational research and factors that impact student achievement;
- Being an important partner in the education system, whose views are valued;
- Contributing to the shared goal of improving student achievement;
- Having a vehicle through which to express opinions; and
- Being informed about what is happening at the school.
Niu Valley Middle School’s SCC for School Year 2013-14:
- Principal: Mr. Justin Mew
- Parent (s): Mr. Paul Bernstein. Mr. George Chun (Elected by the Friends of Niu Valley Middle School)
- Student: Ms. Cana Tagawa (Elected as Student Government President)
- Certificated: Ms. Julie Ledgerwood/Chairperson. (Vacant on August 9, 2013 when Ms. Ledgerwood was appointed as Vice Principal at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind.)
- Classified: Mr. Eric Ikawa (SASA)
- Community: Mr. Dennis Takata (Elected by the Friends of Niu Valley Middle School)
Meeting Agenda and Minutes can be found at: School Documents On-Line: https://iportal.k12.hi.us/SDO/