The district convenes a number of committees and task forces to support programs, analyze data and make recommendations to the Board of Education. Committees include representation from the Board of Education, district administration, school sites, parents, teachers, bargaining units and community members. To learn about how to participate on a committee or task force, contact the Office of the Superintendent.

Benefits Committee

The Santa Cruz City Schools is part of the Self Insured Schools of California (SISC) JPA that is administered by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools.  The purpose of the Benefits Committee is to study potential plan design changes, or benefit modifications aimed at providing the best coverage and service while maintaining health care costs affordable and stable.
Meets: As Needed


Budget Advisory Committee (BAC)

This Board of Education committee receives financial information and makes recommendations for district expenditures.

Meets: From 430 - 6:00 p.m. in Room 312, District Office, see Budget Development Calendar

Members: Superintendent, Asst. Superintendent/Business Services, Director of Finance, Trustees, Parents, Bargaining Unit, Community members

2012-13 Budget Development Calendar icon-doc  (meeting dates are subject to change as needed)

Communications Committee

Reviews and addresses school district communications needs, e.g. website development.

Meets: As needed

Members: Superintendent, Trustees, Parents


English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC/DELAC)

By law, school districts with more than 50 English Learners must have in place a District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). With over 1,500 English Learner students, the District has established a volunteer DELAC made up of one parent representative from each school that has an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).

The purpose and function of DELAC is to provide advice to the administration and the Board of Education on programs and services for English Learners.

DELAC informs parent representatives so they can take the information back to the school site. Topics that will be covered this year include:

  • Understanding CELDT D Results
  • Student Reclassification
  • ELD Requirements
  • Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs)
    Categorical Program Monitoring


Meets: Third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 am. – 8:00 p.m. in the library at Branciforte Middle School.

Members: Director of Academic Equity and Categorical Programs, Site administrators, Parents

Contact: Eric Gross, Director of Academic Equity and Categorical Programs at 429-3410 ext 242

Downloads: Meeting Calendar 13/14 Englishicon-doc.gif / Spanishicon-doc.gif

 PAC (Parent Advisory Committee - Migrant) Meeting Calendars:  English  / Spanish

More Information: California Department of Education/ELACicon-outbound-link.gif


Green Schools

The Green Schools Committee develops and recommends to the Board of Trustees policies to lighten the district's environmental footprint and integrate environmental education and student participation into school-wide environmental initiatives, including using partnerships with environmental education providers. Each year, on or near Earth Day, the committee is to provide the Board of Trustees an annual report on the district's environmental footprint, incorporating curriculum issues and environmental sustainability.

Did you know that two Santa Cruz City Schools campuses - Bay View Elementary and Soquel High School - have been certified by the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program as "green businesses"?! 

Follow the link below to learn more about the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program:

Meets: As Needed

Members: Trustees, Parents, Students, Community members, Green Business members

Parcel Tax Oversight Committee

The PTOC, a ballot initiative requirement, provides citizen oversight of expenditures from revenue generated by active parcel tax measures.

Meets: As needed

Members: Community members

Positive Coaching and Athletics Ad-Hoc Committee

The purpose of this committee (and its designated sub-committees) is to support positive extracurricular athletic programs in SCCS and ensure equitable opportunities for all students.  This committee is scheduled to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees in February 2014.  The four goals are:

  • Review and refine expectations for coaches in SCCS in alignment with district values and policies
  • Provide ongoing training and support to assist coaches and teams in developing and sustaining a culture of respect and positive teamwork
  • Review expectations for students, parents, and community participants involved in school athletic programs
  • Identify program needs and potential funding sources to support SCCS coaches, athletic directors and teams

Meets: November 2013 and January 2014

Sub-committees meet: As noted

Members: Trustees, Staff, Parents, Student Athletes and Community members

Committee Facilitator: Ken Lawrence-Emanuel, Principal, Soquel High School

Committee Mtg. Minutes 11-20-13

Committee Mtg. Minutes 1-27-14

Wellness Committee

Recognizing the link between student health and learning, The Wellness Committee will coordinate a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for our students.
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Meets: As needed

Members: Superintendent, Trustees, Director of Food Services, Community members


Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)

Coordinates arts programs for all students throughout the district, promotes quality education in the arts for all students in order to nourish the intellect, prize creativity and value imagination.

Meets: TBA

Members: Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and/or Director of Curriculum, Site Administrators, Arts teachers, Arts Coordinators, Parents