What is the School Community Council?
Every school has a School Community Council or a Trust Lands committee. Cedar Ridge Elementary elects a School Community Council (SCC) consisting of the principal, teachers, and parents. The council makes decisions about the School LAND Trust Program. LAND stands for Learning and Nurturing Development. The council prepares a plan that identifies the school's greatest academic need(s). Plans are submitted to and approved by local school boards for implementation the following school year. The Cedar Ridge SCC receives an annual dividend from the permanent State School Fund every July to implement the school's approved plan during the next school year.
Parents act as the primary advocates for all children and make up the majority of the council. By working as a group and understanding the legal responsibilities that lie with the principal, parents ensure the representation of various viewpoints and values within the community. Parent engagement is key to student achievement and student progress. Parents serve as chair and vice-chair. It is important that parents on the council understand the responsibilities of the council, and are able to collaborate well with the other members of the council to effect meaningful school improvement for all children.
Parents are welcome to serve on the School Community Council. Elections are held annually in the fall at Cedar Ridge Elementary. A paper ballot election will be held a week after the school year begins. Parents will be notified via alert when the ballot is sent home with parents. Contact Principal Ivie at email@example.com or the chairman, Deidra Hartwell at firstname.lastname@example.org of your SCC if you are interested in serving on the council.
Council meetings are open and public; all are invited to attend. Agendas are posted online one week prior to the meeting and minutes of past meetings are posted on this webpage.