Q: What is the School Improvement Team?
A: School Improvement Teams are required by North Carolina law to develop school improvement plans. The team is comprised of the principal of each school; representatives of the assistant principals, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, and teacher assistants at the school; and parents of children enrolled in the school. The representatives are elected by their respective groups (such as the PTA/PTO for parents).
The General Assembly of North Carolina views parental involvement as a critical component of school success and positive student achievement and asserts that parents, along with teachers, have a substantial role in developing school improvement plans. [NC General Statutes �115C-105.27]. Buncombe County Schools encourage and endorse shared decision making as evident in our mission statement, core values, and policy directives.
Q: When does the School Improvement Team meet, and may I attend the meeting?
A: School Improvement Teams are considered public bodies and are subject to open meeting laws. Staff, parents, and community members are always welcome to attend and observe the meetings. Emma's School Improvement Team meetings are held in the office conference room from 7:00am - 8:00am. Meeting dates for the 2011-2012 school year are posted on Emma's website on the calendar and under the "Upcoming Events" section.
Q: How do I communicate a suggestion for school improvement to the group?
A: You may communicate directly with an individual on the team, come to a scheduled meeting, or send in a request to the entire committee. Emma Elementary School's 2011-2012 School Improvement Team includes:
| Deborah DeVane ||Principalfirstname.lastname@example.org|
| Lauri Burton || Grade K ||email@example.com|
| Shirley Young (Chair) || Grade 1 ||firstname.lastname@example.org|
| Luanne Branson || Grade 2 ||email@example.com|
| Jane Arnaud || Grade 3 ||firstname.lastname@example.org|
| Karen Whitten || Grade 4 ||email@example.com|
|Sandy Duncan ||Assistantsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
| Shirley Humphrey ||Counseloremail@example.com|
| Irene Thompson || Parents ||firstname.lastname@example.org|
| Anita Lovejoy ||Specialistsemail@example.com|
| Jade Bennett|| Special Educationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
| Andrea Sellers || Title I ||email@example.com|