Welcome to the Sun West School Division School Community Council (SCC) Site. This site is meant for Council members and families in the Sun West School Division to access resources, share ideas and celebrate the many successes and good work that is being done across our division in supporting school learning improvement goals and parent and community engagement. This resource will be developed through the input and collaborative efforts of the members of our many School Community Councils.
Below is a brief introduction to School Community Councils. Detailed information is found in the headings at the top of the page.
What are School Community Councils?
School Community Councils are local governance structures. They were been established by the provincial government through legislation passed in June of 2006. They were established in every school in Saskatchewan by November of 2007. They replaced Local Board of Trustees or Local Advisory Committees. School Community Councils provide the community with a voice in local education as well as provide parent and community members an opportunity to work with their local school on programs that will enhance learning and student well being. Councils were established by legislation in June of 2006.
Each School Community Council will consist of two types of members:
- Representative members are parents or community members. There will be from 5 to 9 representative members, the majority of which must be parents. Representative members will be elected for a two year term at an annual meeting. There is no restriction on the number of consecutive terms. Half of the members will be elected each year.
- Permanent members will be appointed. The principal and one teacher will be appointed to the Council for a two year term. They will be non-voting members. Schools that offer Grade 10, 11 and 12 courses also have the opportunity to have one or two students appointed to Council. They will be appointed for a one year term and will be voting members. The Council can recommend to the Board of Education that it appoint other members from the community for a one year term.
What do Councils accomplish?
School Community Councils are intended to be an integral, purposeful and valued component of school division governance. They are to develop a shared responsibility for learning success and well-being of children and youth. Their primary purpose is to encourage and facilitate parent and community engagement in school planning and improvement processes. Educational studies demonstrate that some benefits of such involvement include:
- Students will benefit with improved marks & graduation rates; increased involvement in classroom activities & a more positive attitude towards homework and higher attendance rates & greater enrollment in post-secondary education.
- Parents will benefit from enhanced communication between parents, administrators and teachers, more opportunities for learning activities in the home; and better understanding of how schools operate.
- The community benefits with increased cost-effectiveness due to the pooling of time, money and effort and strengthened community pride through involvement in the school’s achievements.
What are their responsibilities?
School Community Councils are intended to enhance parent and community involvement in the education of today’s youth. They will work collaboratively with the school to improve student learning and well being. Their responsibilities will include the following:
- Understanding the community will be one of the first goals of the Council. They will need to ensure that they truly understand the nature of their community in statistical terms where possible.
- The Council will work in collaboration with the school on a Learning Improvement Plan. They will engage the parents and community to help the school with its improvement plan.
- They will provide advice to the school, board and other agencies. They will be advocates for their school and community and will use information they have gathered to reinforce their position.
- They will take action on initiatives of the councils. This could involve understanding the community or engaging it toward the school’s goals.
- Councils will review fees and fundraising of the school. They will provide the community perspective in this area.
Members will need to be prepared to attend regular meetings. The council must meet five times a year plus an annual meeting but monthly meetings will likely be the norm.
All of their work will lead to supporting parent and community involvement in the school.
Why should I become involved?
You might want to consider becoming involved in the School Community Council in your school if you can say yes to one or more of the following questions:
- Are you interested in the education of the children in this school?
- Are you willing to stand for election for a 1 or 2 year term?
- Are you able to attend meetings on a regular basis?
- Do you have ideas about how to involve parents and the community in the school?
- Do you have experience, talents or skills that would help the work of the council?
How can I become involved?
You can become involved in School Community Councils through two easy steps. The first step would be to come to a Community Information Meeting at your school. The second step would be to allow your name to be nominated for a Council position. If there are less than nine nominees, you would be acclaimed for a 1 or 2 year term. If there are more than nine nominees, you would need to be elected. You can find out more about School Community Councils and the dates for the Community Information Meetings and the first Annual Meeting by contacting your school principal.
“The best way to enhance the learning outcomes of children and youth in schools is to help parents support the school by productively engaging their children in learning at home.”
Local Accountability and Partnerships Panel: Final Report, 2005
*Note: Hutterian Schools have their own form of governance and do not have SCCs.