Each fall, the District provides an opportunity for school council members and potential members to learn more about the purpose and function of a school council and how to be an effective participant.
Understanding the legislated role of school councils including which topics/areas are open for discussion, and which require caution, helps to prevent tension and dysfunction within school councils and the school communities. Learning how to identify each, how to frame a “personal issue” from a school council perspective, and how to broach sensitive topics is essential to new and returning members.
Minutes are among the most important documents used to conduct business in a transparent and accountable manner. However, taking minutes can be daunting. Minute-takers are often expected to produce minutes out of chaotic and disorganized meetings. Understanding how much is too much, and what format is best in a school council setting will reduce stress and minimize conflict.
Meaningful school council meetings require strong leadership and clear, easy to follow processes for all participants. Having a solid agenda, some simple rules of order and learning how to direct discussion will help to ensure the school council meetings are not a waste of anyone’s valuable time. Every participant will benefit from this workshop.
Fundraising Associations (FRAs) are separate, legal entities with distinct rules to follow, responsibilities to comply with and liabilities to consider. Positive, collaborative, mutually respectful relationships with the principal and school council are integral to the success of each, and in the best interests of students. Clarity of who has authority for what, is essential.