District Wide Educational Improvement Council

Districtwide Educational Improvement Council
In compliance with Education Code 11.251, the Districtwide Educational Improvement Council (DWEIC) shall advise the Board or its designee in establishing and reviewing the District's educational goals, objectives, and major Districtwide classroom instructional programs identified by the Board or its designee. The council shall serve exclusively in an advisory role except that the council shall approve staff development of a Districtwide nature.

Chairperson
The Assistant Superintendent of Leadership and Learning shall be the Board's designee and shall serve as chairperson of the council.

Meetings
The chairperson of the council shall set its agenda, and shall schedule at least four meetings per year; additional meetings may be held at the call of the chairperson. All council meetings shall be held outside of the regular school day unless approved otherwise by the Superintendent.

Communications
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the District-level council obtains broad-based community, parent, and staff input, and provides information to those persons on a systematic basis. Methods of communication shall include, but not be limited to:

  1. An annual meeting to gather input and provide information on the work of the council. Meetings shall be advertised in the District or campus publications and through the media.
  2. Regular news releases to the media in the District regarding the work of the council.
  3. Periodic reports on the work of the council that may be posted on campus bulletin boards.

Composition
The council shall be composed of members who shall represent campus-based professional staff, District-level professional staff, parents, businesses, and the community. At least two-thirds of the District and campus professional staff shall be classroom teachers. For purposes of this policy, District-level professional staff shall be defined as professionals who have responsibilities at more than one campus, including, but not limited to, central office staff.

In addition to the voting members listed above, the following persons shall be ex officio members if not elected as voting members: campus principals, District coordinators, and the director of technology.

Parents
The council shall include at least two parents of students currently enrolled within the District, selected by the professional and paraprofessional members elected to the DWEIC. The Superintendent shall, through various channels, inform all parents of District students about the council's duties and composition, and shall solicit volunteers.

Community Members
The council shall include at least two community members selected by the professionals and paraprofessionals elected to the DWEIC in a process that provides for adequate representation of the community's diversity. The Superintendent shall use several methods of communication to ensure that community residents are informed of the council and are provided the opportunity to participate, and shall solicit volunteers. All community member representatives must reside in the District.

Business Representatives
The council shall include at least two business people, selected by the elected professional and paraprofessional staff through a process that provides for adequate representation of the community's diversity. The Superintendent shall use several methods of communication to ensure that community residents are informed of the council and are provided the opportunity to participate, and shall solicit volunteers. Business member representatives need not reside in nor operate businesses in the District.

Professional Staff
The council shall be composed of two campus-based teaching professionals from each campus; one elementary nonteaching professional and one secondary nonteaching professional; two District-wide professionals; two business representatives; two community members; one elementary parent and one secondary parent; and one elementary paraprofessional and one secondary paraprofessional.

Elections
An employee's affiliation or lack of affiliation with any organization or association shall not be a factor in either the nomination or election of representatives on the council. [See also DGA]

The consent of each nominee shall be obtained before the person's name may appear on the ballot. Election of the council shall be held in the fall of each school year at a time determined by the Board or its designee. Nomination and election shall be conducted in accordance with this policy and administrative regulations.

Terms
Representatives shall serve staggered two-year terms and shall be limited to two consecutive terms on the council. After the initial election or selection, representatives shall draw lots, within each representative category, to determine the length of initial terms.

Vacancy
If a vacancy occurs among the representatives, the voting members of the DWEIC shall select appropriate replacements to serve for the remainder of the term.

Other Advisory Groups
The existence of the District-level council shall not affect the authority of the Board or its designee to appoint or establish other advisory groups or task forces to assist it in matters pertaining to District instruction.

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