School Site Council

The Northwood School Site Council meets regularly to serve as an advisory group in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). The School Site Council is composed of both parent members (elected by all Northwood parents) and by school staff members, including the Principal and several teachers. Each School Site Council member serves for two years.

2022-2023 October 25, 2022 January 24, 2023 April 24, 2023 May 23, 2023

**All meetings start at 3:00 p.m., and are held in M3 (Music Building)



Kelly Duncan, Principal

Michelle Reynolds, TOSA (non-voting member)

Michelle Skelley, Teacher

Cory Petty, Ed Specialist

Christina Espinosa, Teacher

Sabine Baldwin, Admin Assistant

Abraham Jankans, Parent

Andrea Jackson, Parent

Angela Kim, Parent

Fatima Rafique, Parent

Jose Villegas, Parent


The school site council of Northwood Elementary school, is hereinafter referred to as the council, shall carry out the following duties:

  • Develop and approve the Single Plan for Student Achievement
  • Obtain recommendations for the proposed Single Plan for Student Achievement from all stakeholders and any applicable school advisory committees (Ed Code64001)
  • Develop and approve the plan and related expenditures in accordance with all state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Recommend the plan and expenditures to the governing board for approval.
  • Provide ongoing review of the implementation of the plan with the principal, teachers, and other school staff members.
  • Make modifications to the plan whenever the need arises.
  • Submit the modified plan for governing board approval whenever a material change (as defined in district governing board policy) is made in planned activities or related expenditures.
  • Annually, (and at each semester, trimester, etc.), evaluate the progress made toward school goals to raise the academic achievement of all students.
  • Carry out all other duties assigned to the council by the district governing board and by state law.


Section A.  Composition (EC 52012, 52852 and 54724)

The council shall be composed of the following members, the principal, teachers elected by other teachers, other school personnel elected by other school personnel, parents elected by other parents, in secondary schools students elected by the entire student body, and community members elected by such parents. Classroom teachers are the majority on the school staff side. Each member has equal voting rights. The principal is responsible for the elections of staff members.

At an elementary level, the council shall be constituted to ensure parity. Half of the membership shall be (a) principal, classroom teachers and other school personnel (staff side); and half shall be (b) parents, or other community members elected by the parents (parent side). The council will be made up of no fewer than 10 members.

Parent Members

A parent is a person who is a mother, father, or legal guardian of a student attending a particular school, but who is not employed at the school attended by such student.

Council members chosen to represent parents may be employees of the school district so long as they are not employed at this school site (EC 52852 and 54722).

Teacher Members

A teacher is defined as an employee of the school whose duties require him/her to provide direct instruction to the pupils for the full time for which he/she is employed (EC 33150).

Other School Personnel

Other school personnel are defined as a person who does not provide direct instruction to pupils for the full time for which he/she is employed. This category may include classified staff, non-classroom teachers, and administrative staff other than the principal.

Community Members

A community member is defined as an adult who resides or spends the major portion of each work day within the attendance area of the school, and who is neither a regular day- school student, nor a parent, a member of the staff, administration, or classified staff of the school with which the council is affiliated.

The Northwood Elementary School SSC will be composed of:

  • classroom teachers
  • other school staff members
  • parents or community members
  • the school principal

Section B: Term of office

Council members shall be elected for 2-year term. If the term is for two years, half or the nearest approximation thereof, of each representative group shall be elected during odd years, and the remaining shall number elected during even years. At the first regular meeting of the council, each member’s current term of office shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

Section C: Voting Rights

Each member is entitled to one vote and may cast that vote on any matter submitted to a vote of the council. Absentee ballots shall not be permitted. Voting by proxy is not permitted.

Section D: Termination of Membership

The council may, by affirmative vote of two-thirds of all its members, suspend or expel a member. Any elected member may terminate his or her membership by submitting a written letter of resignation to the council chairperson.

Section E. Transfer of membership

Membership on the council may not be assigned or transferred.

Section F: Vacancy

Any vacancy on the council occurring during the term of a duly elected member shall be filled by a duly noticed regular election or the seating of a previously elected alternate member to fill the remainder of the term of the vacant seat)


Section A: Meetings

The council shall meet regularly on the 3rd Tuesday of the following months: October, January, March, and May. The chairperson may call special meetings of the council by majority vote of the council. All meetings must be open to the public

Section B: Place of meetings

The council shall hold its regular meetings at a facility provided by the school, unless such facility accessible to the public, including handicapped persons, is unavailable. Alternate meeting places may be determined by the chairperson or by majority vote of the council.

Section C: Notice of meetings

Written public notice shall be given of all meetings at least 72 hours in advance of meeting. Changes in the established date, time or location shall be given special notice. All meetings shall be publicized in the following venue: Front Office. All required notices shall be delivered to council and committee members no less than seventy-two hours, and no more than 3 days in advance of the meeting, personally or by mail (or e-mail).

Section D: Administrative responsibility

The principal shall have the responsibility for the proper function and implementation of the SSC.

Section E. Conduct of meetings

Meetings of the council shall be conducted in accordance to the rules of order established by EC Section 3147 (c), and with Roberts Rules of Order or an adaptation thereof approved by the council.

Section F: Meetings open to the public

All meetings of the council, and committees established by the council, shall be open to the public. Notice of such meetings shall be provided in accordance with Section C of this article.


An amendment of these bylaws may be made at any regular meeting of the council by a vote of two-thirds of the members present. Written notice of proposed amendment must be submitted to council members at least 24 hours prior to the meeting at which the amendment is to be considered for adoption.