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The Principal, in conjunction with the school council, shall be responsible for preparing a written school improvement plan annually. This plan shall be written with the advice of the school council and submitted for approval to the Superintendent and the School Committee. The plan should be drafted with the following in mind:


1.                  The educational goals for the school consistent with the goals and standards, including student performance standards, as adopted by    the Massachusetts Board of Education and by the School Committee.


2.              An assessment of the needs of the school in light of the proposed educational goals.


3.              The means to address student performance.


4.              Professional development for the school's professional staff.


5.              The enhancement of parental involvement in the life of the school, safety, and discipline.


6.              The development of means for meeting the diverse learning needs of every child.


7.              Any further subjects as the Principal, in consultation with the school council, shall consider appropriate, except that:


(a)    the council shall have no authority over matters that are subject to Chapter 150E, the collective bargaining law, and


(b)   the council may not expand the scope of its authority beyond that established in law or expressly granted by School Committee policy.


Submission and Approval of the School Improvement Plan


The written school improvement plan shall be submitted by the Principal to the Superintendent and the School Committee for review and approval annually.


Because the implementation of the plan is dependent on School Committee approval, it is important that the school council be aware of certain expectations of the School Committee regarding the school improvement plan. The school improvement plan should:


1.                 Focus on improvement of student learning.


2.              Specify expected student outcomes and measurable/observable results.


3.              Align with the Mission of the school district and any goals and policies of the school district.


4.              Be consistent with state and federal law, school district policy, established curriculum and negotiated agreements.


5.              Clearly identify actions to be taken on how changes will be implemented.


6.              Include a plan on how to solicit community support for the changes being developed.


7.              Indicate anticipated costs and available funding sources.


8.              Delineate the method of evaluating and reporting progress and results.


If the school improvement plan is not approved by the Superintendent and School Committee, it shall be returned to the Principal with specific comments as to the reason(s). The Principal shall revise the plan in cooperation with the school council, and resubmit it for approval. If the school improvement plan is not reviewed by the School Committee within 30 days of its receipt by the Committee, the plan shall be deemed to have been approved.


Established by law



LEGAL REF.: M.G.L. Ch.71, Sect.59C


SOURCE:  Georgetown


Adopted on:     September 27, 2007