Shared Decision-Making Committee (SDMC)
WUES’s Shared Decision-Making Model is based on the premise that decisions that affect the school should be made as close to the school as possible, and that members of the school community who are affected by those decisions should have input into the decision-making process.
The SDMC serves as an advisory group that assists the principal in making decisions. As established by state law and district policy, the ultimate responsibility for the school and the final authority on the school campus are vested in the principal. The SDMC properly concerns itself with goals and strategic planning, and providing a voice for all members of the school community.
The SDMC carefully assesses both sides of every issue and reaches a decision that the committee feels is best for the total school population. The SDMC will strive to reach all decisions by consensus; however, the SDMC Committee reserves the right to vote. Any SDMC member may call for a secret ballot. Each member of the SDMC shall have one vote, including the Principal. Only elected or appointed members of the Committee may vote (no substitutes). The voting quorum will be two-thirds of the Committee.
Method of Communication
Committee members, parents, teachers, and other interested individuals will bring their concerns or suggestions to the Shared Decision–Making Committee by submitting a Shared Decision-Making Process Form (“Yellow Form”). These forms are available in a designated box in the main office. Completed forms should be submitted to the main office at least ten days prior to the regularly scheduled SDMC meetings. Concerns that should be dealt with by the administration will be referred to the Principal. Concerns or suggestions not referred to the Principal are added to the SDMC meeting agenda.
Copies of the minutes of SDMC meetings shall be distributed to members of the committee, to each employee at the school, filed in the SDMC Notebook in the front office, and shall be made available to member of the general public upon request. A summary of the SDMC meeting minutes will be communicated to the school community via the Monday folders by the SDMC Secretary.
There are three (3) standing committees: Curriculum – Budget – Operations/Service.
The member of this committee will include the PTO vice-president for Curriculum Enrichment. The committee will be responsible for reviewing information and making recommendations relating to curriculum and teaching methodologies.
The members of this committee will include the school financial secretary, the PTO vice-president for Budget and Finance, and the PTO Treasurer. The committee will be responsible for reviewing information and making recommendations relating to budgets, alternate funding sources, budgetary allocations, and budget requests.
Service/ Operations Committee
The members of this committee will include the PTO vice-president for Room Representatives. The committee will be responsible for reviewing information and making recommendations relating to any service or operation of the school.
All Subcommittees will meet at the beginning of the year to elect a chairperson, a secretary, and to determine a meeting schedule.
The Staffing Committee will consist of a representative of the grade level teachers, a parent, and the Principal, and other members at the principal’s discretion. The Principal has the authority to make the final decision. The committee will meet on an “as needed” basis. The principal also has the authority to bypass the committee in an emergency situation, or in a situation when it is not possible to form a committee such as school vacations, etc.
Ad Hoc Committees
Ad Hoc committees are work teams created by SDMC to do analysis and research on specific issues or areas of concern. The committee is comprised of members of our school community. An SDMC member will serve as an advisor. The Ad Hoc committee will be dissolved by the SDMC once it has accomplished the task or assignment it was assigned to do. These committees will meet on an “as needed” basis. Ad Hoc committees will report to the SDMC.