What is a School-Based Decision Making Council?
The School-Based Decision Making Council (SBDM) consists of three teachers, two parents, and the school principal.
The school-based decision-making process gives parents, teachers, and the principal substantial control over how the school operates. They are charged with the task of finding the most effective ways to achieve the goals set for all students under the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA).
The council, advised by the school's staff, makes policies on curriculum, instructional practices, instructional materials, uses of school space, school climate, extracurricular programs, and assessment. Teachers and parents serve on one of the five standing committees: curriculum, instructional practices, school climate, assessment, and student support.
The meetings of the council and its committees are open to the public, and all interested persons are encouraged to attend. A copy of SBDM policies are available for preview in the school office. Copies may be made upon request.
The parent members of the council are selected by parents who belong to the school's PTA. The teacher members of the council are elected by a majority vote of the school's faculty. Teachers are elected for two-year terms in which only one new member is elected each year. In this manner, there will be experienced members serving at all times.
SBDM Schedule and Members
SBDM Meeting Schedule 2020-2021
SBDM Members 2020-2021
September 2020 Minutes
SBDM Council Policies
Harmony Elementary School Bylaws
2001: Review of Challenged Instructional Material
2002: Selection of Textbooks and/or Instructional Material
2003: Selection of Media Center Materials
3001: School Budget
4002: Instructional Practices
4003: Homework Policy
4003.02: Writing and Communication Program Policy
4004: Promotion, Retention, and Extension of Primary School
4005: Student Assignment Policy
4006: Monitoring of School Computer Network Access
4007: Utilizing School Nurse
4008: Wellness Policy
4009: Extracurricular Programs Policy
4010: ESS – Extended School Services
4011: Schedule of the Day and Week
4012: School Space
4013: Staff Time Policy
4014: Procedures, Consistent with Local School Board Policy, for Determining Alignment with State Standards, Technology Utilization, and Program Appraisal Policy
5001: Selection of a Principal when there is a Vacancy
6005: Adoption of Emergency Management Response Plan
9001: Student Responsibility and Discipline
9002: Release of Students