What is the School Site Council (SSC)?
The School Site Council is composed of equal numbers of parents/students and school staff. The basic principle behind the SSC is that those individuals who are most affected by the operation of their school should have a major role in the decisions regarding how their school functions. It is the role of the SSC to advise the principal and staff on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the annual Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), and to allocate funds from the state to support the goals of the school plan. The SSC reviews the progress of the school in achieving the goals of the plan. California SSC recommended composition and bylaws
Why do we have a School Site Council?
In the 1970’s, the State of California passed a law that set up the School Improvement Program (SIP), which enabled schools to receive supplemental funding from the state. The new law also required that schools establish School Site Councils (SSC) in order to receive and spend the extra funding provided. Over the years the SIP has become the SPSA and funding is now determined by the more consistent Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
The local control funding formula (LCFF) was enacted in 2013–14, and it replaced the previous kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12) finance system which had been in existence for roughly 40 years. For school districts and charter schools, the LCFF establishes base, supplemental, and concentration grants in place of the myriad of previously existing K–12 funding streams, including revenue limits, general purpose block grants, and most of the 50-plus state categorical programs that existed at the time.
What's in the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)?
The SPSA is designed, implemented, and monitored by the SSC to ensure that the LCFF funds are being spent effectively to support the school's improvement efforts to attain the highest possible levels of teaching and learning at the school. The Plan contains the following:
1. An Overview of The Plan.
2. District Common Pages details philosophy, community description, coordination of services and SSC membership information.
3. Budget Information.
4. Core Curriculum Information includes strategies, standards and assessment, curricular disciplines and required program services to support the core curriculum.
5. Needs Assessment and Evaluation details the analysis of our students' academic strengths and needs, student support beyond the classroom, staff needs, parent needs and school priorities.
6. Major Focus Area includes our focus area and Program Quality Review plan.
7. Other School Curricular Priorities.
8. Staff Development Priorities and Focus.
Can I see the SPSA plan?
A copy of the current school year's SPSA is available in the school office for you to read.
How much money does the SSC have to spend?
LCFF funds come from the state and are based on a variety of constraints. More details can be found here on the California Department of Education website.
When and where does the School Site Council meet?
Check the MHS Calendar for meeting dates and times.
How can I get involved?
If you have any questions or are interested in being a part of the Milpitas High School Site Council, contact the principal or better yet, attend a meeting!
Come join us!