The School Improvement Council (SIC) serves as an advisory committee to Woodland's principal and faculty. Unlike PTA and other voluntary school organizations, councils are mandated by law to exist in every public school in South Carolina (now more than 1100). SICs play a key role in the education of our children, bringing together parents, educators, and community stakeholders to collaborate on the improvement of their school. More than 16,000 people serve on SICs in South Carolina.
Who May Serve on a Council?
Almost anyone is eligible to serve on a School Improvement Council - parents, teachers, business partners, community leaders and students in grade nine and above. The average council has about 12 members; two-thirds of the members must be elected parents, students, and teachers. The principal serves as an ex-officio member of the council as do a variety of other people by virtue of their position at the school.
Citizens who are not parents of children in the school can make unique contributions to School Improvement Councils. Senior citizens, business people, members of the faith community, staff of social service agencies, and others all have knowledge, experience, and resources to share. Community members who feel ownership in the school are often the best advocates for the children and the school.
SICs Are Not New!
School boards have been required to establish School Improvement Councils since 1977. Originally known as School Advisory Councils, the passage of the Education Improvement Act in 1984 changed the name and focused the role of the Council in improving education quality in South Carolina.
What Do SICs Do?
Councils work collaboratively with the school to develop and implement a five-year school improvement plan (school renewal plan), monitor and evaluate success in reaching the plans' goals and objective, and write an annual report to parents about the progress of the plan. Councils also assist the principal in writing the narrative for the School Report Card. In addition, Councils advise on the use of school incentive awards and provide assistance as requested by the principal. School Improvement Councils do not have any of the powers and duties reserved by the local school board.
Why Should I Become Involved?
When parents are involved in their children's education, the quality of schools improves and children do better in school. Parents can bring great wisdom to the council. They have intimate knowledge about their children and access to other parents who can provide knowledge and insight.
Become involved. Everyone has something to contribute!