Children’s Kiva Montessori School Accountability Committee
The School Accountability Committee (SAC), including elements of the membership and structure, is a statutory requirement and shall be established and function in accordance with Colorado Law C.R.S. 22-11-401, et seq. The general purpose of the Committee is to serve in an advisory role to the Principal.
The Head of School is responsible for implementing the accountability process in the school. Pursuant to the referenced law, the purpose and responsibilities of the School Accountability Committee include:
- Advise the Head of School and the Board of Directors concerning the preparation of a school performance plan, improvement plan, priority improvement plan or a turnaround plan if any are required pursuant to C.R.S. 22-11-210, and to submit recommendations to the Head of School and the Board of Directors, if applicable, concerning the contents of the applicable plan. (C.R.S. 22-11-402(1)(b&c))
- Meet at least quarterly to discuss whether school leadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the public school’s performance, improvement, priority improvement, or turnaround plan, whichever is applicable, or other progress pertinent to the CKMS’s accreditation contract with the RE-1 Montezuma/Cortez School District. (C.R.S. 22-11-402(1)(d))
Additionally, the Board of Directors requires this Committee to:
- Be familiar with the Colorado “Education Accountability Act of 2009” (C.R.S. 22-11-101 et seq.) and advise the Board on opportunities and activities related thereto.
- Advise the Head of School in developing a mission & vision driven plan to improve educational achievement, support school safety and provide a welcoming environment, aligned with the CKMS strategic plan and state statute.
- Develop and implement community surveys annually in conjunction with the PTO, and to compile and analyze survey results and present to the community at an Annual Meeting.
- Collaborate with school leadership teams, including but not limited to Finance Committee, Health and Wellness Committee, Development and Fundraising Committee and PTO.
- Provide a board report to the Board of Directors at least every quarter.
Pursuant to C.R.S. 22-11-401(1), the School Accountability Committee shall be comprised of the following members, with the number of parent members exceeding the number of faculty members:
- Head of School or his/her designee (1 person).
- Two (2) faculty members, ideally representing the Children’s House, Elementary, and Middle School departments. In accordance with the statute, at least one (1) faculty member must be a teacher.
- Three (3) parents or legal guardians of students at the school. The three parent members shall respectively represent each grade-level program, to the extent possible.
- Two (2) Board Members to the School Accountability Committee (1 person from each board).
- At least one (1) parent member of the PTO
- At least one (1) person from the larger community. This person need not be a parent or guardian of an enrolled student.
Adopted October 13, 2014