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Kaaawa Elementary School
School Community Council
The SCC helps to develop and approve an Academic Plan every school year
The 2012/2013 School Year Plan keeps the focus on improving our students' HSA scores and
preparing them to graduate and be productive citizens
SY 2012-2013 Academic Plan Goals
 New Programs:
o K-2: New math program: GoMath!
Common Core State Standards
o All teachers: use DSI (3-6 Math, k-6 Reading) and new LDS (in Data Teams)
 Our new HSA goals:
o Reading
(State target is 80%)
o Math
(State target is 70%)
 Campus changes:
o Counselor Angie Won is now half time
o SPED teacher PJ Oellien doesn't have an assistant. Susanne is gone.
o All students eligible for after school music program
 SCC team:
o Principal: Jennifer Luke-Payne 237-7751
o Vice-Chair/Community rep: Brian Walsh 237-8472
o Chairperson/Parent rep: Kathryn York 237-8842
o Alternate Parent rep: Rachel Cook
o Staff rep: Michele Pouvave,
o Secretary/Teacher rep: Eva Ana,
 SCC Meeting schedule (usually 2nd Wed of every month at 4PM)
o Aug 1, Sept 19, Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8
You can also get information including meeting agendas and minutes at the DOE’s official SCC
and the “School Documents Online” website at:
The School Community Council
In 2004, the legislature passed Act 51. The scope of Act 51 is very broad; it includes limiting
class sizes, weighted student formula, streamlining of the D.O.E., the creation of the School
Community Councils (SCC), and many other initiatives. The whole purpose of Act 51 is to
provide empowerment, accountability, and streamlining in the schools with the ultimate
objective being improved student achievement. The weighted student formula component of Act
51 will determine how much funding each school will get based on the make-up of the student
population. The SCC component of Act 51 is a group of school and community people who help
to determine how that funding is spent. The role of the SCC is to assist the principal in following
the Standards Implementation Design (SID) to put together an academic and financial plan for
the school. Ultimately, the plan is submitted to the Complex Area Superintendent for approval.
The whole premise of the SCC is that each school and its community knows best what will work
for that school. Each year the school holds elections for SCC members who serve for two-year
What are School Community Councils?
School Community Councils (SCC) enable
shared decision-making among principals,
teachers, parents, students, and community
members to improve student achievement.
The SCC is a major part of the decision
making structure at each school. It consists
of a group of people who are elected by their
peers to represent the members of the school
community. The primary role of the SCC is
to review and evaluate the Standards-based
Academic and Financial Plan and to ensure
that the needs of all students are addressed.
What is the role and responsibility of the School
Community Councils?
• Focus on student achievement
• Review and recommend approval of the
Academic and Financial Plan
• Provide opportunities for discussions on
school improvement
• Participate in the selection and evaluation
process of principals
• Request waivers to Board of Education
• Develop and revise school policies
Who serves on the School Community
• An equal number of community
stakeholders and school staff
• One parent, teacher, staff person, and
community member – each elected by their
• A student representative
• The school principal
How do School Community Councils enhance
shared decision-making?
Recent research suggests that shared
decision making will:
• Contribute to an improved school culture
• Encourage a strong, professional
community of educators
• Support improved classroom practice and
student learning
The Federal government, State of Hawaii,
Department of Education, and Board of
Education has supported these research
findings and developed laws and policies to
support the SCC based on the principles
• Individuals closest to students should be
more involved in making significant
decisions affecting the instructional program
of the school
• Plans to improve education at the school
level receive more support when people
understand and/or help to create them
• When families participate in their
children’s education, including decisionmaking, their children and the school are
more successful
How can I get involved?
• Volunteer to serve on your school’s SCC
• Nominate or recruit SCC candidates
• Attend SCC meetings
• Bring your issues or concerns to the SCC
• Keep informed of SCC decisions, agendas,
and meeting minutes
Academic and Financial Planning
Each school year, the members of the SCC
will participate in the Academic and
Financial Planning process by:
• Providing the school community with
information on student achievement
• Reviewing and evaluating the principal’s
academic and financial plan
• Providing the principal with
recommendations to improve the plan
• Recommending the plan for adoption to
the Complex Area Superintendent