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Maggie Dangerfield

Maggie Dangerfield
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School Improvement Councils (SICs)

In South Carolina, a School Improvement Council is an advisory council to the principal and school on issues related to school improvement. By law, every K-12 public school in South Carolina must have a SIC that is made up of a parent, teacher, student (grades 9-12), and community member representatives that are either elected or appointed. A school's principal serves as an ex-officio member of every SIC. A SIC may create additional ex-officio positions such as the school’s Teacher of the Year, PTA or PTO President, past SIC Chair, or a representative of the school’s Title I Advisory Committee, as well.

Current state law requirements regarding SIC membership, elections, and duties are set forth in Title 59 (Education) of the SC Code of Laws. Because SICs is technically considered "public bodies," SICs must also follow the rules regarding open meetings and public records contained in the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Legislatively, SICs have two annual duties: 1) complete an annual report to parents and 2) assist in writing their school's report card narrative for the state.

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Quick Facts & FAQs

What is a School Improvement Council (SIC)?

A SIC is a broad-based body intended to advise the principal and school and is focused on helping to achieve school improvement

Who serves on a SIC?

Every K-12 public school in South Carolina is required to have a SIC that includes at least:

  • two elected parent representatives;
  • two elected teacher representatives;
  • in school’s serving grade 9 or above, two elected student representatives;
  • two community member representatives appointed by the principal
    the school principal as an ex-officio member.

Parent and teacher representatives (and students) serve staggered terms of two years
The SIC is required to maintain twice as many elected members as appointed members.

State law requires that elections be held by October 15 each year.

What are the limitations on a SICs' authority?

SICs are advisory only. They do not have any of the powers and duties reserved for the local school board, district, or school administrators, teachers, and staff.

How are SIC representatives chosen?

Parents are nominated and elected by the parents at their child's school.
Teachers are nominated and elected by teachers at their school.
Students elect student representatives in schools serving grade 9 or higher.
Elementary and middle school SICs may include student representatives.
Community member representatives are appointed by the principal to the SIC. Interested community members should contact the school principal or SIC Chair for more details.

What leadership does a SIC have?

Each SIC elects its own officers annually – a Chair, a Vice Chair, and a Secretary. SICs do not hold funds, so there is no Treasurer. It is the responsibility of the elected SIC Chair to preside over SIC meetings and to work with the principal to develop meeting agendas.

Required SIC duties include:

  • Reporting its SIC membership information to the state using the online SC-SIC Member Network by November 15 each year (principal’s responsibility)
    Assisting in the preparation of the five-year School Improvement Plan and annual updates;
  • Assisting in monitoring the school’s progress under the Plan;
  • Consulting with the school on the development of the family engagement portion of the School Reading Plan as required by the Read to Succeed Act;
  • Writing the annual SIC Report to the Parents (distributed by April 30 and posted to online SIC Member Network by June 1);
  • Assisting the principal in writing the narrative report for the annual SC School Report Card. 

My school has a SIC, but what should we be doing?

New this year is a SIC Activities Resource Library with six volumes highlighting the best of SIC projects and work from around the state. 

Additionally, to help ensure that your time and effort are directed toward activities that are appropriate for your school, consider the following questions before selecting, planning and implementing specific activities:

  1. Are we addressing a need that was identified in our school’s Five-Year School Improvement (Renewal) Plan?
  2. If not, have we looked at other existing data or collected data ourselves in order to verify that the need actually exists? Have we confirmed that this need impacts student achievement either directly or indirectly? Do we have enough information to know what factors contribute to this need at our school?
  3. Have we defined the goal that we hope this activity will help us achieve? Is our goal aligned with one or more goals in the School Improvement (Renewal) Plan?
  4. Will this activity help us meet our goal by addressing one or more of the factors that contribute to the need we are working on?
  5. Will this activity duplicate activities that are already being implemented by others? Is it a good fit for our school community?
  6. What resources do we need in order to implement this activity with quality? Do we have these resources? If not, can we get the resources we lack through partnerships with other individuals or organizations in the school or community?

What's new this year for SICs?

The defined role of the SIC in the state's 2014 Read to Succeed Act (R2S) is to provide input on training/support for parents as part of the school’s Reading Proficiency Plan. While R2S is not technically “new,” 2018 will see first retention of third graders for not reading on grade level.

Schools and SICs can and should work together to ensure that parents are aware of this provision.
Suggested R2S goals and projects for SICs are available on the SC SIC website.

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