[BHS Etree] ADMIN: Parent Elections - Call for Candidates
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Fri Sep 13 14:25:15 PDT 2013
PLEASE do not reply to this email, contact Lisa Sibony
lisasibony at berkeley.net <mailto:lisasibony at berkeley.net>
Parent elections for representatives to the School Site Committee and
the BSEP committees will start later this month. Voting will
begin on Thursday, September 26 at Back to School Night. Ballots will be
accepted until Thursday, October 3.
Statements will be posted on the Berkeley High website starting next
week. Statements received by Monday, September 23 will be available at
Back to School Night and will be included on the written ballot.
Write-ins will be accepted. If you are interested in serving on either
committee, please open the attachment, fill in the application and mail
it back to lisasibony at berkeley.net <mailto:lisasibony at berkeley.net> as
soon as possible and no later than September 23 if you want to be
included on the printed ballot. If you don't get the attachment, please
contact Lisa Sibony.
Below is information on the BSEP site committee, the School Site
Committee, and the Safety Committee (non-elected committee).
Please note the meetings for all three committees are held in the late
afternoons. They start during the work day to make it possible for
school staff and students to participate, even though it makes it harder
for many parents. Please note, however, after 3:30 p.m. parents may
park in the teachers' lots on Milvia.
1. The Berkeley High School BSEP Site committee: BSEP (Berkeley Schools
Excellence Project) is a parcel tax responsible for roughly 20% of the
Berkeley Unified School District's budget. BSEP pays a portion of the
district's teacher salaries, maintenance, music, libraries and more. In
addition to the district expenses, each school site receives a sum to be
spent by an elected committee of parents, teachers, administrators,
and---at BHS---students. At Berkeley High the site committee spends
roughly $750,000 annually. Among other items, last year the committee
funded the Parent Resource Center, the Student Court, the Afro Haitian
drummer, the College Counselors, tutoring, Volunteer and Outreach
Coordinator, On Campus Intervention (OCI) Coordinator and OCI counselor.
The site committee has six parent representatives and four alternates.
The committee typically meets one Monday per month. Members evaluate
currently funded programs, solicit new programs, and finally allocate funds.
2. School Site Council [SSC]: The School Site Council is an elected
group made up of the principal, a classified staff member, 6 teachers or
counselors, 4 students, and 4 parents, plus alternates. The SSC is
where parents have a direct voice in reviewing the school's academic
goals and evaluating how well those goals are being met. The SSC also
has a voice in approving the school's Safety Plan, the ELAC committee's
plan for teaching English-language learners, and the BSEP committee's
plan for spending the school's BSEP money.
The School Site Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month,
starting October 15. If you decide to run, please be sure you can commit
to attending, since each member's voice matters! The top vote getter
from AC gets a seat, the top vote getter from BIHS gets a seat, and the
top vote getter from one of the small schools [AMPS, CAS, AHA] gets a
seat, and the fourth seat goes to whoever got the next highest number of
votes overall. There will also be four parent alternates elected.
3. The Safety Committee is a volunteer group made up of the Dean of
Students, classified staff members, teachers and counselors, students,
and parents. The Safety Committee is where parents have a direct voice
in reviewing the school's safety, discipline, and school culture goals
and plans, revising its goals, and evaluating how well those goals are
being met. It is not necessary to be elected in order to serve on the
The Safety Committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Note that
much of the committee's work is accomplished through its subcommittees,
which can meet on weekends and evenings. Parents, students, and staff
are welcome to serve on a subcommittee of interest to them even if they
do not join the full committee. Members continuing from last year will
discuss the work that was accomplished over the summer and what's coming
up next. If you think you may be interested, come to the first meeting
to introduce yourself and get a feeling for what's involved.
Outreach and Volunteers
Berkeley High School
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