When my oldest child (who just graduated from Brighton High this past spring) was in the 2nd grade a friend invited me to a School Community Council meeting and I’ve been involved ever since! Not a natural party planner, I have loved learning about and being involved in the academic and business side of the of the school. Meeting monthly, we discuss critical needs of the students, including both academic and emotional issues, chart progress using achievement data, evaluate programs, and allocate Trust Lands dollars to meet those needs. I have been able to work directly with fabulous district and school administrators, dedicated teachers, CSD Board members, and other focused parents, who all have a shared goal of being part of the solution rather than just talking about the problems. With my youngest child in 7th grade and another child starting her freshman year aBrighton, I hope to continue to be part of the solution!
“My experience with School Community Councils at the elementary, middle and high school level is that they provide a forum for family members to interact with educators and give meaningful input at a local level to help make decisions on how to use Land Trust Money to benefit our schools. The process of determining the needs of each school is generally based on data and transparency, as well as individual needs identified by the members of the School Community Councils. Although the Land Trust Money is not a lot relative to the school district budget, it does provide important and needed services and supports to assist educators teaching all children in the Canyons District.”
SCC Parent Member
Parent SCC Member
“The support of LAND Trust monies and the guidance, direction, and feedback in creating our Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, alongside the support of our School Community Council, allows us to provide direct benefits to students with the end goal of maximizing achievement outcomes for all students. At Alta High School we have used the additional funding support to sustain and reduce class sizes with additional FTE, increased access to counseling and guidance supports, and to provide formal professional development and training on our school district’s initiatives, such as, PLC’s (Professional Learning Communities) and implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) for all students. These funds, which flow directly to the school, are a tremendous asset to maximize learning outcomes for all students.”
Principal, Alta High School