Effective teachers are those who are fluent at two crafts-the subject itself and the craft of instructing others in its practice.
– Joy Jones
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.
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
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 (meeting dates are subject to change as needed)
Reviews and addresses school district communications needs, e.g. website development.
Meets: As needed
Members: Superintendent, Trustees, Parents
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:
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
More Information: California Department of Education/ELAC
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.
Members: Trustees, Parents, Students, Community members, Green Business members
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
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.
Meets: As needed
Members: Superintendent, Trustees, Director of Food Services, Community members
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.
Members: Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and/or Director of Curriculum, Site Administrators, Arts teachers, Arts Coordinators, Parents