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Standard 2

Standard:       The school operates under governance and leadership that promote and support student performance and school effectiveness.

2.1 The Gadsden County School Board, the governing body of the district, is responsible for the management, organization, operation and administration of all the public schools in the county. It sets policies that allow each school's administrative team to establish its own set of policies and procedures for the student body, faculty and staff.

These policy books contain information relevant to the instructional program, attendance, discipline, extra-curricular activities and personnel policy. The books are presented and explained to the students and staff during the first two weeks of school and to parents and stakeholders at the school's Open House.

2.2 The Gadsden County School District is a state accredited system of schools that services five communities to which it communicates policies, procedures, activities/events, and school and community interest stories through the monthly publications of the school board packet.

The School Board of Gadsden County is comprised of five elected members from single districts who each serve a four-year term and who annually elect its chair and vice-chair at its November meeting. The members play are actively engaged in the strategic planning and

The district uses a system of data collection, analysis and dissemination that enables teachers to access student data individually or collectively. Program effectiveness is reviewed by the Florida Department of Education's Office of Differentiated Accountability. The School Climate Data Surveys provides data for all stakeholders.

The School Board's attorney attends all meetings and acts as legal advisor to the Board and superintendent during policy developments, contract negotiations, personnel issues and legal interpretations of the law.

2.3 The governing body relinquishes authority to its local administrators to ensure there is full implementation of all standards, policies, and procedures at his or her individual school. The principals regularly evaluate staff; formally and informally, and closely monitor classrooms for program effectiveness.

Annual personnel evaluations and reviews are conducted by the Director of Schools to gauge the effectiveness of school leaders.

The Superintendent is responsible for the administration of the entire school system as provided by law, State Board of Education Rules and Regulations and policies of the School Board. He has the authority to issue directives and to prescribe procedures necessary to carry out the purposes of School Board policies and the provisions of Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules.

2.4 The School Advisory Council meets monthly to provide input into district policies and procedures. It also aides in the developing of the School Improvement Plan at the school level based on the school's vision and mission statement. The schools collaborate and work cooperatively with the parents and stakeholders to shape decisions and provide feedback on the school's improvement efforts.

School Leadership Teams meet regularly with the principal to discuss issues and concerns of the staff.

2.5 The School Advisory Council (SAC) meets monthly to provide input into district policies and procedures. It also aides in the developing of the School Improvement Plan at the school level based on the school's vision and mission statement.

There are frequent parent meetings and organized PTA groups in the Gadsden School District. At all school levels, there is an open-door policy that provides opportunities for parents and community members to contribute to the school's decision-making process.

2.6 The administration meets with each grade level to explain and discuss the evaluation process. The effectiveness of school leaders and staff is measured in the annual personnel evaluation and review process per the state legislature, board of education and the district.

School staff receives professional development opportunities that are proven to promote student growth and success.