As required by Texas Education Code 11.251, all districts are required to have a district-level planning and decision-making committee. In Bastrop ISD, this very important committee is called the District Performance Committee (DPC). The roles and responsibilities of the DPC are outlined below.
Campus Improvement Plans
Roles & Responsibilities
A District-Level Committee shall advise the Board or its designee in establishing and reviewing the District’s educational goals, objectives, and major District-wide classroom instructional programs identified by the Board or its designee.
The committee shall serve exclusively in an advisory role except that the committee shall
approve staff development of a District-wide nature.
The committee shall perform the following duties:
A Superintendent shall regularly consult the committee in the planning, operation, supervision and evaluation of the district and campus educational programs. The committee shall meet periodically with the board, or the board’s designee, to share their deliberations.
The District-level planning and decision-making committee will be actively involved in establishing the administrative procedures that define the respective roles and responsibilities pertaining to planning and decision-making at the District and campus levels. The District shall also maintain current policies and procedures to ensure that effective planning and site-based decision-making occur at each campus to direct and support the improvement of student performance for all students.
District Improvement Plan
The District shall have a District improvement plan that is developed, evaluated, and revised annually, in accordance with District policy, by the Superintendent with the assistance of the District-level committee. The purpose of the District improvement plan is to guide District and campus staff in the improvement of student performance for all student groups in order to attain state standards in respect to the academic excellence indicators.
Staff development must be predominately campus-based, related to achieving campus performance objectives developed and approved by the campus-level
committee. A school district may use district-wide staff development developed and approved through the district-level decision process. Staff development on a district-wide nature may include training in technology, conflict resolution, and discipline strategies, including classroom management, district discipline policies, the student of conduct, instruction of students with disabilities designed for educators who work primarily outside the areas of special education, and include instruction as to what is permissible under law, including opinions of the United States Supreme Court, in regard to prayers in public school.
Dropout Prevention Review
The committee shall analyze information related to dropout prevention and use the information reviewed in developing District improvement plans.
The committee must provide comments on district-level waivers that are submitted to the Board of trustees for approval prior to consideration by the commissioner.
If a local appraisal process and performance criteria are used, they must be developed by the district- and campus-level committees.
The committee shall review and make recommendations on the student code of conduct.
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the committee obtains broad-based community, parent, and staff input, and provides information to those persons on a systematic basis. Methods of communications shall include, but not be limited to:
- Periodic meetings to gather input and provide information on the work of the committee.
- Articles for in-house publications regarding the work of the committee.
- Regular news releases to the media in the District regarding the work of the committee.
- Periodic reports to the principals on the work of the committee that may be posted on the campus bulletin board.
The committee shall meet no less than 4 times during each school year to address the duties as outlined above. One of those meetings may serve as the public meeting. The chairperson of the committee shall set its agenda. Additional meetings may be held at the call of the Superintendent or the chairperson.
Each committee shall hold at least one public meeting per year. The required meeting shall be held after receipt of the annual District performance report from the agency for the purpose of discussing the performance of the District and the District performance objectives.
The District policy must provide that all pertinent federal planning requirements are addressed through the District- and campus-level planning process.
- Prohibit the Board from conducting meetings with teachers or groups of teachers other than the District-level committee meetings.
- Prohibit the Board from establishing policies providing avenues for input from others, including students or paraprofessional staff, in District- or campus-level planning and decision-making.
- Limit or affect the power of the Board to govern the public schools.
- Create a new cause of action or require collective bargaining.