Series: Series2000     Sub Series: 2200     Policy Number: 2265-R
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SHARED DECISION-MAKING AND STRUCTURED PARTICIPATION REGULATION


The following Plan for Shared Decision-Making and Structured Participation was developed and adopted in accordance with section 100.11 of the Regulations of the Commissioner and Board of Education Policy #2265 to provide a structural framework of powers and responsibilities to further the implementation of the ideal of shared decision-making with the community to improve education in our schools.

                                                     

I.        BUILDING LEVEL PLANNING TEAMS (BLPT)

 

Composition and Selection of the Teams

 

1.        The Building Principal, who serves as Chairperson.

2.        Parents/citizens, as chosen by the PTSO, a majority of whom are parents of children at those grade levels.

3.        Teachers, as chosen by the RTA.

4.        Students (at the secondary level), as chosen by their peers.

5.        Non-instructional staff, as chosen by A.N.I.E.

 

Length of Term

 

Length of term is determined by the choosing organization.

 

Maintaining Membership

 

A member who misses three consecutive meetings shall be subject to removal from the Committee.

 

Vacancies

 

Vacancies are filled by the choosing organization.

 

Meeting Schedules

 

Meeting schedules are to be determined by the individual Building Level Planning Teams, except that there shall not be fewer than one meeting per month during the academic year.

 

Decision - Making Authority

 

The BLPTs may make decisions and/or recommendations  in the introduction, development, and implementation of specific action plans, thought to be necessary ,in conjunction with the Principal, the Superintendent, the Board of Education and the Comprehensive District Education Plan (CDEP), to increase student achievement, and/or improve school culture.  The BLPTs shall have the authority to conduct research and gather information from all stakeholder groups as necessary to implement school-improvement plans which support the District’s CDEP mission, vision, and core values as they relate to each individual school.

 

All plans to improve student learning outcomes and achievement must define expected results and desired standards and the improvements measured against these standards. The means for assessment are dependent upon the nature of the individual improvement proposal.

                                                                                                                      

Limitations on the BLPT’s Decision - Making Authority

 

Decision-making authority rests jointly with the BLPT as a committee and not with individual BLPT members.

 

II.       COMPREHENSIVE DISTRICT EDUCATION PLAN (CDEP) TEAM   

Composition and Selection of the Comprehensive District Education Plan (CDEP) Team

 

1.        The Director of Curriculum and Instruction, who serves as Chairperson.

2.        Teachers equitably representing each of the District’s three schools, as chosen by the RTA.

3.        Parents/citizens, chosen by the PTSO.

4.        Non-instructional staff, chosen by A.N.I.E.

5         Administrators representing each of the District’s three schools, the Director of Special Education, and the Superintendent of Schools.

6.        Board pf Education member, chosen by the Board of Education.            

 

Length of Term

 

Length of term is determined by the choosing organization.

 

Maintaining Membership

 

Maintenance of membership is determined by the choosing organization.

 

Vacancies

 

Vacancies are filled by the choosing organization as needed.

 

Meeting Schedules

 

The District CDEP Team will meet at least three times a year to review intermediate data collected for each implementation activity according to their respective timelines outlined in the CDEP Goal Activities Chart in order to monitor effectiveness of the activities in progression toward the annual goals.

 

Decision - Making Authority

 

The CDEP Team may make decisions and/or recommendations to the Superintendent, and then to the Board of Education, in the introduction, development, and implementation of specific action as necessary to support the implementation of the Board-adopted Comprehensive District Education Plan (CDEP).   The CDEP Team shall have the authority to conduct research and gather information from all stakeholder groups as necessary to implement school-improvement plans which support the District’s CDEP mission, vision, and core values as they relate to each individual school.

 

The Goal benchmarks and schedule of activities may be revised at any time throughout the year based upon the District CDEP Team’s consensus agreement  that alternate steps are required in order to achieve progress.  Revision to the CDEP plan will be communicated accordingly to the community of stakeholders.  At least annually, the Goals, Objectives, and activities will be revised and implemented, subject to approval by the Board of Education, based upon NYS Student

                                                                                                                         

Achievement Data, Local Data, and Intermediate Data Evaluation of activities. 

 

           According to the implementation timeline, the CDEP Team will evaluate all relevant student achievement data. The CDEP Team will provide the appropriate data to the various committees outlined in the Plan for their review and recommendations.  Each year, the CDEP Team will review the recommendations provided by the various committees, enabling the CDEP Team to revise and update the CDEP plan  as necessary. 

 

Limitations on the CDEP Team’s Decision - Making Authority

 

Decision-making authority rests jointly with the CDEP Team as a committee and not with individual CDEP members.

 

III.     DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLANNING TEAM (DSPT)

 

           The District Strategic Planning Team will be an ad hoc subcommittee of the Comprehensive District Education Plan (CDEP) Committee that will report directly to the Board of Education.

 

Composition and Selection of the District Strategic Planning Team

 

1.        The superintendent of schools;

2.        At least one (1) teacher, as chosen by the RTA;

3.        At least one (1) administrator, as chosen by the RAA;

4.        At least one (1) student, as chosen by the high school principal:

5.        At least one (1) non-instructional staff member, as chosen by A.N.I.E.; and

6.        At least one (1) parent/citizen, as chosen by the PTSO,

 

The chairperson will be selected by the DSPT from within their own membership.

 

Length of Term

 

Members shall serve a one year term, but may serve subsequent one year terms if approved by the CDEP Committee and the appropriate stakeholder group.

 

Maintaining Membership

 

A member who misses three consecutive meetings shall be subject to removal from the DSPT.

 

Vacancies

 

Vacancies will be filled with volunteers from the CDEP Committee from each of the stakeholder groups outlined above.  In addition, the DSPT also can be populated with volunteers from among the ranks of the appropriate stakeholder groups as outlined above.

 

Meeting Schedule

 

The meeting schedule shall be determined by the Committee, except that there will be no fewer than two meetings during each academic year. Meetings shall be announced at least five days in advance and are open to the public. The meetings of the Committee will attempt to provide for an appropriate and orderly means for receiving public input. Nonetheless, these are meetings of the Committee in public, not public meetings.

 

 

Decision - Making Authority

 

           Decision-making authority exists with the DSPT for the on-going oversight of the District’s plan and process for shared decision-making and school-based planning.  This includes making recommendations to the Board of Education for their amendment or recertification of the plan, as well as the development of a statement of the plan's success in achieving its objectives, no later than the date every other year by which the Commissioner of Education determines that required biennial review be completed and submitted.

 

 

Limitations of DSPT Decision-Making Authority

 

Decision-making authority rests jointly with the DSPT  as a committee and not with individual members DSPT members. 

 

Quorum

 

A quorum shall consist of one half of the members plus one.

 

IV.     PROCESS OF APPEALING DSPT, BLPT, and CDEP TEAM DECISIONS

 

Persons Eligible to Appeal

 

1.        Any resident of the school district.

2.               Any parent of a student enrolled in the district

3.        Any student enrolled in the district.

4.        Any employee of the district.

 

 

The Appeal Process

 

1.        Individuals who are eligible must first make an appeal to the DSPT, the BLPT (whichever made the decision being appealed) and/or the CDEP Team  in writing for reconsideration of the issue. The decision of the DSPT/BLPT/CDEP Team must be addressed in writing to the appellant no later than 10 school days from the date of the next regularly scheduled meeting.

2.        If the decision of the DSPT, the BLPT, ands/or the CDEP Team is not satisfactory to the appellant, an appeal may be made to the Superintendent. The Superintendent must respond in writing within 10 school days from the receipt of the appeal.

3.        If the decision of the Superintendent is not satisfactory to the appellant, an appeal may be made in writing to the Board. The Board shall convey its decision in writing to the appellant not less than 30 days after the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.

 

The Board of Education’s decision is final. 

                                                                                                  

 

APPENDIX:  DISTRICT MISSION, VISION AND CORE VALUES

A.        MISSION STATEMENT: The Rhinebeck Central School District is an educational community that provides an excellent learning environment and is dedicated to the development of every student’s generosity of spirit, passion for learning, and ultimate success.

B.         VISION STATEMENT: The Rhinebeck Central School District meets the changing needs of our community with courageous programming consistent with State Standards and mindful of best learning practices. Each student enjoys an enriching experience while mastering the skills and knowledge to reach his or her maximum potential. We educate our students to become self-directed learners, complex thinkers, collaborative workers, quality producers, community contributors, and ethical decision-makers.

C.        CORE VALUES:  We believe that a quality education includes:

 

·          Safety and Health: Students and staff need a healthy and safe environment.

·          Resources: Appropriate facilities, equipment, and materials are   required for a successful educational program.

·          Respect: We respect and honor the dignity and worth of ourselves, others, and our environment.

·          Responsibility: Each person is responsible for what they do and what they say.

·          Courage: Courage is required to grow, change, take risks, and make commitments.

·          Integrity: Personal integrity develops as one attends to and becomes increasingly ethical in one’s speech and actions. Adults model this process.

·          Whole Child: In order for students to be successful, their emotional, social, physical, and academic needs must be met.

·          Collaboration: The education of our students is a process involving the entire educational community: students, teachers, administrators, non-instructional staff, Board of Education, families, and the community at large.

·          Student Achievement: Continuous growth and improvement occur when there is use of best practices, and articulated/aligned curriculum and pertinent data.

·          Recognition: Acknowledging and celebrating successes, large and small, nurtures growth and a sense of community.



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Adoption Date:
2009-01-16

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