Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC)
The school year is winding down, and so is our committee. However, there was still plenty to discuss at our last meeting of the year. In addition, we tabled some topics, which we will work on during the summer to prepare for our September meeting. Remember, the last day of school is Tuesday, June 21. We want to congratulate all of the graduating seniors and wish them luck in the future, as well as all the students promoting to different schools.
Defining School Governments
A representative from the district’s labor division gave a presentation about the differences between a school’s School Site Council (SSC) and Site Governance Team (SGT). Although each committees’ bylaws state the specific responsibilities, the main gist is: the SSC is a decision-making group that provides oversight on matters dealing with federally and state-funded programs such as the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). The SSC goals are, but not limited, to:
- Introducing instructional strategies to accelerate student learning
- Monitoring student achievement
- Identifying necessary professional development for staff
- Finding ways to enhance parent communication and involvement
The SGT provides a collaborative vision for instructional matter, such as school budgets, staffing, and programs. The SGT also has a budget advisory role for the school’s foundation—for example if the foundation funds an “extra” teacher.
These representative bodies work for the betterment of each individual school. The committees include parent representatives. The schools hold elections at the beginning of each school year, so look for announcements about nominations. The meetings are open for anyone to attend.
The Gift That Pays It Forward
Are you a Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) member? If so, our six schools thank you! Every year the SRCA gives a $500 grant to each of our schools. This extra cash is a huge help in providing programs and supplies otherwise diminished due to a lack of district funding.
A portion of your SRCA membership fee is used for these scholarships. Thus, if you donate, these grants can continue. It’s a win-win! So become an SRCA member today at www.scrippsranch.org/join. Your school, and kids, will thank you!
An LCAP Recap
In May the San Diego Unified School District invited parents and guardians to preview a draft of the district’s 2016–2017 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is part of the new state funding program. Each school district must engage all stakeholders to establish these plans and update them yearly.
The meeting was led by Scripps Ranch area superintendent Fabiola Bagula. Attendees represented a broad spectrum for the Scripps Ranch Cluster and provided comments regarding six goals:
- Closing the achievement gap
- Broad and challenging curriculum
- Quality leadership, teaching, and learning
- Positive school environment, climate, and culture
- Parent and community engagement with highly regarded neighborhood schools
- Well-orchestrated districtwide support services and communications
The final LCAP draft will be on the district website for review on Wednesday, June 1. Please feel free to read the draft and send your comments to [email protected]
Save The Date
The Schools Committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month—during the school year—at 4:30 pm in the Marshall Middle School Community Room. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, Sept. 21. We will discuss “restorative justice” and how it applies to Scripps Ranch schools.
We also will have a report on expanding our support for the Crawford Schools Cluster. It currently accepts and refurbishes our lost and found items to help underprivileged families.
All meetings are open to the public. If you have questions or concerns, please email me at [email protected]
Jen Marchesini, SRSC Co-chair