What is School Community Council?
A school community council is a committee made up of parents and school professionals who help determine the needs of our school and the best methods and programs to support those needs through the School Land Trust Program. Members of the school community council will meet together approximately 5-6 times during the school year to discuss the schools needs, the School Land Trust plan, and it’s implementation.
Every public school in Utah has a School Community Council. The councils are made up of school employees who are elected by employees and parents who are elected by parents of students attending the school. Membership terms are for two years. Elections are held at the beginning of each school year. Parent members must have a student attending the school at least one of the two years of their term of service. Employees must be employed by the school district at the school.
Serving on our School Community Council is a wonderful way for parents and teachers to contribute and help improve academic performance at our school. The school receives an annual dividend from the school trust lands. Our council decides how these funds will be used. The council reviews and prepares other academic plans for our students each year. All plans are reviewed for final approval by our school board. Councils also act in an advisory capacity to school and school district administrations.
How was LAND Trust Money spent last year?
Central received $47428 in LAND Trust money. This money was used by Central Elementary to support the school in meetings it’s goal to have kids reading on grade level and in providing students a music curriculum.
Money was spent on purchasing books for the library, Battle of the Books program, and the You, Me, and a Book program. An aide was hired to run the You, Me, and a Book program which allows students K-2 to bring home a book every night that is on their level. In addition, teachers and grade levels received money to buy books, reading subscriptions, grade level materials, and technology.
Students at Central Elementary have been able to receive music instruction once a week for a half hour per class. Funds from LAND Trust went to providing an aide to teach music, the rights to an accredited music curriculum, and instruments and supplies. Research shows that there is a high correlation with music instruction and enhanced reading skills.
When are this years SCC meetings?
All meetings start at 3:40 and are in the faculty room at Central Elementary.