Bird Rock Elementary School Governance Team By-Laws
To make Bird Rock Elementary (which will hereafter be “BRE”) a community of parents, staff and students who cooperate to achieve high levels of academic performance, develop a lifelong love of learning, respect diversity and individuality and welcome innovation.
The staff, students, and parents of BRE believe that all students can learn and achieve regardless of their previous academic performance, family background, socioeconomic status, race or gender. We believe that our school’s purpose is to educate all students to high levels of academic performance while fostering positive growth in social/emotional behaviors and attitudes. We accept the responsibility to work together so that all students can attain maximum educational potential.
The purpose of the Governance Team at BRE is to involve staff, parents, students and community in making decisions about school life.
Governance Team (which will hereafter be “GT”)
Participants and Size
Total members: 13
Business partners may be invited to attend the GT meetings (if relevant.)
Method of Selection
Members of GT for each new academic year will be elected by their peers via written ballot (i.e. teachers elect teachers, parents elect parents, classified elect classified,) with the exception of the PTO. They shall be appointed by their respective incoming boards prior to the final meeting of the GT each year. Parent representatives are elected using the following timeline: Interest letters are sent in April. Nomination forms and ballots are sent out in May. Spanish language ballots will be distributed to those families who need them. Teacher reps are elected prior to the first GT meeting of the new academic year. Classified reps are elected as soon as possible at the beginning of the new academic year.
Term of Office
Term of office for each member will be two (2) years, with the exception of the PTO representatives who will serve for a one-year term. If a vacancy occurs mid-school year, a special election will be held by the respective group to fill the vacancy.
Scope of Decisions
Areas for Shared Decision Making:
Range of Authority
With appropriate district procedure, education code and collective bargaining agreements, the GT shall be empowered to make recommendations and decisions in the areas stated above.
Determine decision by consensus. All members of the BRE school community are invited to attend the GT meetings, but the responsibility of voting belongs only to the GT members. Visitors may present comments regarding a specific agenda item following the discussion and prior to the vote. Comments are not to exceed three (3) minutes. A membership quorum of 51% is necessary to conduct business. GT will elect a Chair annually who will appoint a Vice-Chair in the event of his/her absence. Monthly agendas will be formulated and distributed the week prior to an upcoming meeting by the chairperson. Agenda items are to be submitted to the Chair two (2) weeks prior to an upcoming meeting using a submittal form. All members of the school community may submit agenda items via their respective representatives (i.e. teachers to teacher rep, parents to parent-at-large rep, PTO to PTO rep, classified to classified rep.) The meeting will also include a roundtable discussion of items not on the agenda by elected GT members.
If consensus is not reached, then the issue will be decided by a two-thirds vote of the GT.
Any change must be approved by the majority of those voting in each stakeholder group.