DISTRICT SHARED DECISION MAKING PLAN

Amended January 9, 2023

 

THE PRINCIPLES OF THE COMPACT

All Children Can Learn
Focus on Results
Aim for Mastery
Provide the Means
Provide Authority with Accountability
Reward Success and Remedy Failure

THE REGENTS BILL OF RIGHTS FOR CHILDREN
A statement of Principles and Goals

    1. All children have the right to a healthy, secure, nurturing infancy and early childhood.
    2. All children have the right to live in circumstances which permit healthy intellectual, emotional, physical and moral development.
    3. All children have the right to a free, sound, basic education.
    4. Each child has the right to an education appropriate for his or her individual needs.
    5. All children have the right to an education which respects their culture, race, socioeconomic background, and the language of their home.
    6. All children have the right to schools and educational programs which are effective.
    7. All children have the right to educational programs which prepare them for jobs, for college, for responsible family life, and for citizenship in a self-governing society.
    8. All children have the right to resources needed to secure their educational rights.
    9. All children have the right to pursue their education without fear.
    10. All children are entitled to an education which involves responsibilities as well as rights.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Empower all students to be lifelong learners, inspired to pursue their dreams and contribute to the global community.

CORE VALUES

We believe that:

    • Everyone has inherent worth;
    • People are responsible for their choices;
    • Every person is unique and has a gift or talent;
    • Valuing diversity makes the community stronger;
    • Honesty is essential for trust and integrity;
    • Community flourishes when all individuals participate and contribute;
    • Lifelong learning is essential for a meaningful life; and
    • Persistence and hard work are attributes of meaningful achievement.

Board of Education Goals 2020-2024

1. All students will graduate prepared for college and careers, ready for civic engagement, and committed to lifelong learning.

2. All students will think critically and creatively, communicate in an inclusive manner, adapt as technology evolves, and persevere through setbacks and adversity.

3. All members of the school community will maintain a campus-wide environment that fosters safety, empathy, and wellness.

    PHILOSOPHY

    The educational philosophy of the Queensbury School District Board of Education is founded on the belief that it is the joint responsibility of the Board of Education, Administration, Staff, Parents and the Community to nurture the intellect, manual skills, body, civic-mindedness and social consciousness of each student.

    Our district is dedicated to producing well-educated citizens capable and desirous of self-culture and of effective self-government.  Our school district aims to preserve the best of the past, to teach an understanding of the present, and to prepare the student for the future.

    GOAL

    The goal of shared decision making is to improve overall student success, achievement, and personal growth through the collaborative development of effective and appropriate educational and instructional programs, processes and methodologies.

    BELIEFS

    The focus of the school district and building-level efforts should be students.

    Professional decisions at the building level have a major impact on the learning of students and school improvement.

    Major constituents can and should play an important role in decision making in school organizations.

    A framework for shared decision making is necessary because of the currently existing law, regulations and the need to enhance student performance.

    COMPONENTS OF THE PLAN

      1. A DISTRICT REVIEW COMMITTEE TO BE ESTABLISHED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF:

    1. Evaluating and assessing the performance of the Building Site committee shared decision making process and to make recommendations for improvement.

    2. Encouraging the development of plans which will meet the district mission and goals.

    3. Ensuring a system for effective communication among all members of Building Site Committees and constituent groups.

    4. Providing advice and support to Building Site Committees.

    5. Meeting with each Building Site Committee periodically to review their progress.

    6. Reporting the District’s shared decision making progress to the Board of education prior to the conclusion of the school year.

    Terms of Office and Replacement of District Steering Committee Members:

    The initial term of the District Steering Committee members will extend from the adoption of the proposed SDM plan throughout the end of the first full school year.  Members may serve additional 1 year terms as chosen by their respective group/association. In the event of a member’s decision to withdraw or inability to complete a term, a representative will be appointed by and from the representative group/association to complete the remainder of the existing term, if deemed appropriate by the District Steering Committee.

    B. THE ELEMENTARY, WILLIAM H. BARTON INTERMEDIATE, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL WILL EACH FORM AND MAINTAIN A SEPARATE BUILDING SITE COMMITTEE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADDRESSING ISSUES AS OUTLINED IN SECTION C. 

    C. THE ISSUES WHICH WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING PROCESS AT THE BUILDING LEVEL WOULD INCLUDE, BUT WOULD NOT BE LIMITED TO:

    1. Student Assessment – psychological, health and welfare, social and academic.
    2. Staff Development
    3. Curriculum – development, implementation, revision, enhancement and articulation.
    4. Student Behavior – policies, practices and responsibilities of all concerned.
    5. Instructional methodologies.
    6. Culture and Climate

    D. THE MANNER AND EXTENT OF EXPECTED INVOLVEMENT OF ALL PARTIES AT THE BUILDING SITE LEVEL:

    1. The membership of each Building Site Committee will be as follows:

    2 – 5 parents chosen by PTSAs
    (If there is no functioning PTSA in a particular building site, the responsibility of selecting parent members will fall to that BSC. The BSC must use appropriate methods to ensure equitable representation from the parent group of that particular building site.)
    2 – 5 faculty – selected by the faculty association
    1 building principal
    1 community representative – chosen by the building site committee
    At leastone member from the following support staff groups to be chosen by their respective association. 

    1 from Queensbury School Custodial Employees
    1 from Queensbury Educational Support Staff
    1 from Queensbury Nurses Association
    1 from Queensbury School Transportation Association
    2-4 students – chosen by student government at a middle and high school level

    2. Term of Office and Replacement:

    With the exception of the building principal, committee members shall serve a minimum one year term, from July 1 to June 30.  Members may serve additional terms as chosen by their respective group/association. In the event of a member’s decision to withdraw or inability to complete a term, a representative will be appointed by and from the representative group/association to complete the remainder of the existing term, if deemed appropriate by the building site committee.

    3. Meetings:

    Meetings will be held at least monthly during the school year with the organizational meeting to occur prior to October 15.

    4. Responsibility of Building Site Committee Member:

    The group/association representative(s) is (are) responsible for communicating committee activities to his/her (their) constituency.

    5. How Decisions are to be made:

    Whereas consensus is the goal of the Shared Decision Making (SDM) process, respective building site committees should make decisions through consensus. In the event of an impasse, the decision will be tabled while more information is being gathered.  If consensus still cannot be achieved, at least 2/3 of the total site committee must agree on the decision, in order for it to be enacted.

    6. Roles and Responsibilities of the Building Site Committee Members:

          1. To assess the needs of the building site which will enable the staff to develop plans for achieving the established goals.
          2. To assure that all affected constituencies are involved in the SDM process.
          3. To ensure that all decisions are in accordance with negotiated contracts, laws, regulations, policies and budget constraints.
          4. To evaluate and assess the SDM process within the site and recommend plans for improvement.  

    7. Guidelines for Committee Operation:

    To facilitate the communication process, minutes must be recorded at each meeting and distributed to the Building Site Committee members and the Chairperson of the District Review Committee in a prompt and timely manner.

    E. THE MEANS AND STANDARDS BY WHICH ALL PARTIES SHALL EVALUATE THE IMPROVEMENT OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT and SUCCESS:

    1. Establish building level standards based on regents exams, state competency tests and/or other similar recognized protocol.
    2. Monitor the progress toward these standards.
    3. Analyze and report the results to appropriate constituencies.

      F. THE MEANS BY WHICH ALL PARTIES WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE DECISIONS THEY SHARE IN MAKING:

      The means by which parties shall be held accountable for the decision they share in making are addressed throughout this document. 

      G. THE MANNER IN WHICH ALL STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INVOLVEMENT OF PARENTS WILL BE COORDINATED BY THE OVERALL PLAN:

      It is the responsibility of Building Site Committees to ensure that all Federal, State and Local mandates regarding involvement of parents are being met, both in letter and in spirit.  Each Building Site Committee should keep a current list of all building activities and programs to ensure that involvement of all constituents is within the guidelines set forth by the above mentioned mandates. (See appendix C and Committee Directory.)

      H. THE ACTIONS OF THE 4 BUILDING SITE COMMITTEES AND THE DISTRICT REVIEW COMMITTEE WILL BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION LAW, COMMISSIONER’S REGULATION, BOARD POLICY AND NEGOTIATED CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENTS AND MUST FALL WITHIN THE BUDGET, AS DEVELOPED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

      APPENDIX A

      OPERATING PRINCIPLES TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE 
      DISTRICT AND BUILDING SITE COMMITTEE
      Including, but not limited to:

      1. Operate for the benefit of the students.
      2. Listen to each other.
      3. Decisions made by the group are supported by the group.
      4. Respect the right of people to share.
      5. Criticism needs to be accompanied by recommendations for improvement.

        APPENDIX B

        COMMITTEE ROLES

        LEADER

        Directs and focuses the Committee on task; is responsible for helping the team to achieve desired outcomes; coordinate with other roles.  

        FACILITATOR

        Helps Committee follow the process: assists in building and maintaining productive climate and open communication.

        RECORDER

        Captures and documents on the Committee’s output during sessions.

        TIME KEEPER

        Tracks time and offers ongoing alerts; usually, time is called at half intervals.

        MINUTES TAKER

        Records and summarizes the Committee’s output and distributes to members in a timely manner.

        OBSERVER

        Operates as an “external consultant”; steps outside and observes and tallies specific aspects of the Committee’s work and process.

         

        APPENDIX C

         

        District

        Those Involved

        Activity or Program

        Parents

        Teachers

        Admin

        Students

        Others

        *Committee for Special Education (CSE)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        X

        District Safety Committee

        X

        X

        X

        X

        X

        *Title I

        X

        X

        X

        X

        X

        *Health Advisory Committee (DHAC)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Shared Decision Making Committee (SDM)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Elementary

        Those Involved

        Activity or Program

        Parents

        Teachers

        Admin

        Students

        Others

        Committee for Special Education (CSE)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Committee for Preschool Special Education (CPSE)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Building Safety & Crisis Response Committee

        X

        X

        X

        School of Character

        X

        X

        Climate Committee

        X

        X

        X

        Parents as Reading Partners

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Shared Decision Making Committee (SDM)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        WHBI 

        Those Involved

        Activity or Program

        Parents

        Teachers

        Admin

        Students

        Others

        Committee for Special Education (CSE)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Building Safety Committee

        X

        X

        X

        Character Education Committee

        X

        X

        Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

        X

        X

        X

         

        X

        Shared Decision Making (SDM)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Middle School

        Those Involved

        Activity or Program

        Parents

        Teachers

        Admin

        Students

        Others

        Committee for Special Education (CSE)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Building Safety Committee 

        X

        X

        X

        Character Education

        X

        X

        X

        Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Shared Decision Making (SDM)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Student Ambassadors

        X

        X

        X

        National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Multiple Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

        X

        X

        X

        Student Support Team

        X

        X

        X

        High School

        Those Involved

        Activity or Program

        Parents

        Teachers

        Admin

        Students

        Others

        Committee for Special Education (CSE)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Building Safety Committee

        X

        X

        X

        Shared Decision Making (SDM)

        X

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Bridges (Alternative Graduation Program)

        X

        X

        X

        Crisis Response Team

        X

        X

        X

        X

        Student Awareness Group

        X

        X

        X

        Building Wellness Leadership Team

        X

        X

        X