Preamble and PurposeRecognizing the need to improve communication and participation of parents and the community in the management and operation of local schools, the General Assembly of Georgia and the Henry County Board of Education believe parent and community support is critical to the success of students and schools. The intent of these bylaws and guidelines is to bring communities and schools closer together in a spirit of cooperation to solve difficult education problems, improve academic achievement, provide support for teachers and administrators, and bring parents into the school-based decision-making process.The establishment of school councils is intended to help the Henry County Board of Education develop and nurture participation, bring parents and the community together with teachers and school administrators to create a better understanding of and mutual respect for each other's concerns, and share ideas for school improvement. School councils shall be reflective of the school community.The management and control of public schools shall be the responsibility of local boards of education. School councils shall provide advice, recommendations, and assistance and represent the community of parents, educators and businesses. Each member of the council, as a community representative, shall be accorded the respect and attention deserving of such election.
Scope of Council Responsibilities
(A) School councils are advisory bodies.
(B) Councils shall provide advice and recommendations to the school principal and, where appropriate, the local board of
education on any matter related to student achievement and school improvement, including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) School board policies;
(2) School improvement plans;
(3) Curriculum and assessment
(4) Report cards issued or audits of the school conducted by the Office of Student Achieve
(5) Development of a school profile which shall contain data as identified by the council to describe the academic performance,
academic progress, services, awards, interventions, environment, and other such data as the council deems appropriate;
(6) In the case of a vacancy* in the position of school principal**, the recommendation of a school principal candidates from a
list*** of qualified applicants submitted by the local board of education and local school superintendent to the council;
(7) School budget priorities, including school capital improvement plans;
(8) School-community communication strategies;
(9) Methods of involving parents and the community;
(10) Extracurricular activities in the school;
(11) School-based and community services;
(12) Community use of school facilities;
(13) Student discipline and attendance;
(14) Receiving and reviewing reports from the school principal regarding progress toward the school's student achievement goals,
including progress within specific grade levels and subject areas and by school personnel; and
(15) The method and specifications for the delivery of early intervention services or
other appropriate services for underachieving students.