School Improvement Opportunities (SIC)

What is a School Improvement Council (SIC)?
An SIC is a broad-based body intended to advise the principal and school, and is focused on helping to achieve school improvement.

Who serves on an SIC?
Parent, teacher, student (9th grade or above), and community member representatives serve on an SIC, as do the school's principal and other ex-officio members.

What do SICs do?
SIC duties focus primarily on the school improvement process. SICs:
provide input and feedback during the development of the school's five-year renewal (improvement) plan and annual updates;
assist in implementation of school improvement programs and activities;
monitor and report on progress toward improvement goals in the annual SIC Report to the Parents and with the principal in the narrative to the SC School Report Card;
provide other assistance as requested by the principal.

What leadership does an SIC have?
Each SIC elects its own officers annually – a Chair, a Vice Chair or Co-Chair, and a Secretary. As SICs are not intended to (and should not) hold funds, there is no office of Treasurer. It is the responsibility of the elected SIC Chair to preside over SIC meetings and to work with the principal to develop meeting agendas.

Why take the time to serve on an SIC?
Because when parents are engaged in their children's education, their children do better in school and the quality of the school improves.
Because parents bring wisdom to the Council. They have in-depth knowledge about their own children's strengths and needs as well as the perspectives of other families in the school.
Because community members who are NOT parent of children in the schools still benefit from good schools in the form of a stronger local economy and property values.
Because citizens who are NOT parents of children in the schools also have unique contributions to make to School Improvement Councils. Senior citizens, business people, members of the faith community, staff of social service agencies, and others all have knowledge, experiences and resources that can benefit their community's schools.
Each year we elect new members to SIC at our Open House meeting.