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, teacher assistants assigned to the school building, 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. It is the intent of NC 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 various policy directives.
Q: When does the School Improvement Team meet and may I attend the meeting?
A: School Improvement Teams are considered a public body and are subject to open meeting laws. Staff, parents, and community members are always welcome to attend and observe the meetings. The SIT team consists of ACRMS staff representatives and two parents. Anyone is allowed to bring concerns, but the SIT members are the only ones who may vote on any policies and procedures. Personnel and financial issues are not under the umbrella of SIT. Those concerns must be addressed with one of our administrators.
Q: How do I communicate a suggestion for school improvement to the group?
A: You may communicate directly with an individual on the team or send a request to the entire committee. The members’ names and contact information are listed on the page SIT Members. We do ask that you send those topics at least 48 hours in advance. Please see the Agendas page for topics to be discussed at our next meeting.