School Accountability Committee (SAC)
In Colorado, it is a statutory requirement for every school to have a School Accountability Committee (SAC).
The purpose of the SAC is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parent and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes. The SAC makes recommendations concerning the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround plan, and meets at least quarterly to discuss implementation of the school’s plan and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract with the Board of Education. Final decision-making authority rests with the principal or other person or group receiving the recommendation from the SAC (e.g., The Superintendent, District Accountability Committee (“DAC”) or Board of Education).
The Education Accountability Act of 2009 SB 09-163 and the Rules for the Administration of Statewide Accountability Measures (Updated April 11, 2013) state that the SAC shall have the following powers and duties:
Making recommendations to the Principal on the school priorities for spending school moneys, including federal funds, where applicable.
Making recommendations to the Principal of the school and the Superintendent concerning preparation of a School Performance or Improvement plan, if either type of plan is required.
Publicizing and holding a SAC meeting to discuss strategies to include in a school Priority Improvement or Turnaround Plan, if either type of plan is required, and using this input to make recommendations to the local school board concerning preparation of the school Priority Improvement or Turnaround Plan prior to the plan being written.
Publicizing the district’s public hearing to review a written school Priority Improvement or Turnaround Plan.
Meeting at least quarterly to discuss whether school leadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround Plan, whichever is applicable, and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract.
Providing input and recommendations to the DAC and district administration, on an advisory basis, concerning principal development plans and principal evaluations. (Note that this should not in any way interfere with a district’s compliance with the statutory requirements of the Teacher Employment, Compensation and Dismissal Act.)
Publicizing opportunities to serve and soliciting parents to serve on the SAC.
Assisting the district in implementing at the school level the district’s parent engagement policy.
Assisting school personnel to increase parents’ engagement with teachers, including parents’ engagement in creating students’ READ plans, Individual Career and Academic Plans, and plans to address habitual truancy.
Eldorado SAC Agendas and Minutes
The agenda and minutes for all Eldorado's SAC meetings are maintained by our Co-Principals Mike Carlson and Katy Kollasch. The google document can be viewed online at any time by our whole community. You will notice that for the 2016-2017 academic year we chose to combine our PTO and SAC meetings into one event (PTO - 5:30 to 7:00pm and SAC - 7:15 to 9:00pm) and as this was such a success we plan to continue this practice for the 2017-2018 academic year! Both agendas/minutes are included in the document which is shared with our community before each meeting and updated live during monthly meetings.
Eldorado SAC Membership
There shall be seven voting members consisting of:
1. KATY KOLLASCH/MICHAEL CARLSON: Principal – The principal of the school or the principal’s designee (employed by District).
2. LINDSAY GIVENS: Teacher – One teacher who provides instruction at the school (employed by District).
3. ANDREA SMYTH: Chairperson - One of three parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in the school.
4. JOE KRAJNC: Vice Chairperson - One of three parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in the school.
5 BRYAN MOATS: District Accountability Committee (DAC) Representative - One of three parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in the school (employed by District).
6. SUSIE MORELLA: Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) President – One adult member of an organization of parents, teachers, and students recognized by the school.
7. RIKA MEAD: Community Representative – One person from the community not otherwise included above (Article IV, Section A, 1-4) and, if practical, represents the business community. “Community” is defined broadly to mean lives or owns a business in Douglas County and is not a relative of or a legal guardian of a student attending the school they represent. Reference: C.R.S. 22-11-401(1)(a)(I-V)
At the option of the SAC, non-voting members may be selected by a simple majority vote of the above voting members. Non-voting members will be active participants in SAC, but will not be called upon to vote should a vote of the SAC be necessary:
Chris Kern (Kindergarten Teacher)
David Alpert (Parent)
Kim Fisher (Parent)
Robyn Hesse (Parent)
Wendy Taylor (Parent)
Heather Dopke (Educational Assistant, Mindful Movement Facilitator, Parent)
Andrea Nelson (Parent)
Brenda Windham (Parent)
Darren Stemmerman (Parent)
Jen Close (Parent)
Jenny Henry (Sustainability Team Facilitator, Parent)
Jenette Scheich (Parent)
Jennifer Brosseau (Parent)
Kathy Boyer (Parent)
Kristina Micksch (Parent)
Ladonna Justice (Parent)
Sarah Harmon (Parent)
Stephanie Retureta (Parent)
Ruby Fast (Parent)
Amanda Boscia (Parent)
Julie Elsen (Parent)
Heidi Okuno (Parent)
Rebecca Collins (Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Parent)
Leah Allred (Parent)
Rachel Dramer (Parent)
Jennifer Baker (Parent)
Amanda Raddatz (Parent)
All community members are welcome to attend any or all SAC meetings throughout the year.
Eldorado SAC Meetings
Eldorado's School Accountability Committee meets monthly, typically on the 3rd Monday of every month (unless there is a holiday). We meet in The Panther Den at 7:15 p.m. following our PTO meeting which is held from 5:30 p.m.
Meeting dates for 17-18
Douglas County School District SAC Resources
Douglas County School District SAC Resources
District Accountability Resources