School Site Council Member Selection
The means of selecting SSC members is not specified in law, except that members must be chosen by their peers (ECSection 52852). No additional membership qualifications may be required. Beyond the composition requirements stated above, no member position on the SSC may be reserved for any group or individual. SSC membership may be determined by ballot or may be decided in an open meeting by voice vote.
To broaden the support for the SSC membership selection process, and to avoid controversy over the selection of SSC members, board policy, or SSC bylaws may specify:
- The means of selecting members and officers
- Terms of office for members and officers
- The notice of elections for each peer group
- The responsibilities of the SSC and time commitment involved
- A policy of nondiscrimination, as may occur by limiting membership to a select group
Many schools elect members for a two-year term, with elections for half the members held in even years and half in odd years. This practice ensures that the SSC will not be composed entirely of new members each year. Some schools assure additional continuity by electing non-voting alternate members, who are seated as voting members by the SSC in the event of a midterm vacancy on the school site council.
School Site Council Officers
In order to conduct business effectively, the SSC may include officers with stated responsibilities and authority, including:
- A chairperson to organize, convene, and lead meetings of the SSC
- A vice chairperson to serve in the absence of the chairperson
- A secretary to record actions taken at SSC meetings and keep SSC records
- A parliamentarian to resolve questions of procedure, often with the help of Robert’s Rules of Order or similar guide
- Other officers as necessary to perform stated duties in support of the work of the SSC