School Site Council

Granite Hills High School School Site Council
The SSC is in charge of the Single Schoolwide Plan, which allocates monies from various categorical funds to designated expenditures at GHHS.

Our complete bylaws are attached as a PDF at the bottom of this page. You will also find the parent application in the attachments section at the bottom of the page.
Members of the SSC are elected, but meetings are public. However, only elected members may vote. All meetings begin at 3.30 PM and are held in the front conference room at GHHS.
Members of the School Site Council
Principal           Michael Kincaid
Teachers           Kathleen LaMay
Support Staff    Debbie Salisbury
Parents              Melinda Quigley, Vicki Bell, Mindy Leff
Students            Arunamarie Arunasalem

Requirements for the Single Plan for Student Achievement

  • School districts must assure "that Site Councils have developed and approved a Single Plan for Student Achievement for schools participating in programs funded through the consolidated application process, and any other school program they choose to include . . . " [EC, Section 64001(a)]
  • Must address how funds will be used to "improve the academic performance of all students to the level of the performance goals, as established by the API index . . . " [EC, Section 64001(d)]
  • Must be reviewed annually and updated
  • Must be reviewed and approved by the governing board

Functions of a School Site Council (SSC)

  • The SSC is not to be viewed as an advisory body whose advice may be accepted or rejected
  • Instead, the actions of the SSC constitute the first step in a formal process for developing improvement strategies and for allocating resources to support these efforts
  • Develop a comprehensive Single Plan for Student Achievement
  • Ensure that the school is continually engaged in identifying and implementing curriculum and instructional practices
  • Develop a budget aligned to consolidated application funds and other categorical funds requiring decisions from the School Site Council

Meeting Requirements

  • Be open to the public
  • Allow the public to address the council on any matter within the jurisdiction of the council
  • Post a meeting notice 72 hours in advance, specifying date, time and location, and agenda describing each item of business
  • Make any meeting materials available to the public upon request

Selection of SSC Members

The council shall be composed of the principal and representatives of:

  • teachers selected by teachers at the school
  • other school personnel selected by other school personnel at the school
  • parents of pupils attending the school selected by such parents
  • in secondary schools, pupils selected by pupils attending the school
  • community members may serve on the SSC if they are selected by parents

Check Bylaws First

Schools are encouraged to have procedures for the selection/election of members written into the SSC

s bylaws.

Selection/Election of Teachers

  • Notify teachers of the nomination process
  • Allow teachers to nominate self/other teachers
  • Place name(s) on a ballot
  • Provide an opportunity for a "write-in"candidate
  • Establish a process to assure that all teachers receive a ballot
  • Utilize teachers or an election committee to count ballots
  • Maintain ballots for 3 years

The Principal

  • The law is very clear that the principal is an active, voting member of the council
  • SSC attendance and responsibilities CANNOT be assigned to a vice principal or other designee
  • He/she has no administrative authority over the council*
  • In addition, the principal may not veto a decision of the council or make plan or budget changes without SSC approval

Definition of "Other" School Personnel


Classified personnel(e.g., clerical, instructional, custodial and food services staff)Administrative personnel(e.g., vice principals, certificated administrative assistants)Certificated support staff-not assigned as a classroom teacher of record (e.g., counselors, resource teachers)Itinerant staff(e.g., translators, nurse, psychologist)

Election of Parents

School Site Council should reflect the school community, including all socio-economic, ethnic and program groups.

Selection/Election of Parents

  • The term "parent" includes a guardian
  • A "parent" CAN be an employee in the district, but CANNOT be employed at the school in any capacity (e.g., noon-duty, recreational assistant, substitute)
  • A community member may serve in the "parent" position as long as the person has been selected by parents of children in the school
  • Goal: It is the hope of the legislature that the School Site Council reflect the school community, including all socioeconomic, ethnic, racial groups
  • Make attempts to assure that parents of students participating in various programs are included*
Lance Arnt,
Sep 22, 2011, 10:38 AM
Lance Arnt,
Sep 22, 2011, 10:38 AM