Accountability Committee

Our school's accountability committee is a voluntary committee whose membership is made up of the Administrator and a combination of community members, parents, and classroom teachers, as required by Colorado State law and school policy (EL-13.4, EL-13.5). The meetings are run by a chairperson. The chairperson is not the administrator, however members of this committee serve at the discretion of the administrator (EL-3.4, EL-3.5). There is a monthly agenda and meeting minutes are kept. Committee members and school staff create the agenda. Guffey Board Members receive a copy of the agenda and meeting minutes as part of the board's monthly monitoring report. The purpose of the committee is to support our school much like a PTA or PTO would at other schools. (School Open House and Pet Parade, Winter Program Cookie Exchange and Clothing/Toy drives, Pie Palooza, 8th Grade activities). In the past, the committee has reviewed our school's curriculum, written the 8th grade graduation requirements and rubrics, written the technology plan, supported the school's unified improvement plan, put together the end of year parent survey, and monitored school attendance trends. The year end goals of this committee are included in the school's annual report to the community, called Guffey Community Charter School's Annual Progress Report, which is available on the school's website (EL-11). The school's administrator considers members of this committee to be ambassadors of the school. Many members of this committee have transitioned to school board members. Committee meetings are open to the public and are calendared to be held on the first Tuesday of the month.

Role of Accountability Committee (required to meet quarterly)

  • Membership: at least 7 members (principal, teacher, 3 parents, 1 person from community)
  • Member's Role: Responsible to Guffey Board, adviser to administration/staff
  • Goals: the betterment of the school
  • Duties required by state law:
    1. Recommending to the principal of its school priorities for spending school money
    2. Advising the principal concerning the preparation and contents of a school performance or improvement plan
    3. Advising the school board concerning the preparation and contents of a priority or turnaround plan
    4. Discuss whether school leadership, personnel, infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the school's performance improvement, priority improvement, or turnaround plan or other progress pertinent to the public school's accreditation contract with the local school board
    5. providing input and recommendations on an advisory basis to district accountability committees and district administration concerning principal development plans and evaluations.

Goals for this year

  • Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) update
  • Review and give input into science curriculum
  • Review and give input into technology needs
  • Give input into possible school focus shift experiential/place-based vs. project based student focused
  • Review monthly ENDS reports

Accountability Committee

2012-2013 Year End Report

The work of our school's accountability committee further supports our school's strategies for improvement. Here is the 2012-2013 End of Year Report. The chairperson is Lynda MacDonald. Accountability meeting minutes and agenda's are given monthly to School Board members.

This year's accountability committee's goals were met:

  1. Review UIP (Unified Improvement Plan) The accountability committee reviewed and gave feedback on the UIP plan for this year. (October)
  2. 8th Grade Requirements The accountability committee reviewed and gave feedback on the newly written rubrics for the 8th grade requirements on the following months:
    1. Academic Portfolio (November)
    2. Student Initiated Project (January)
    3. Documentation of Community Contributions (February)
    4. Reflective Autobiography (November)
    5. Visual and Performing Arts (February)
    6. Demonstration of Life Skills (January)
    7. 8th Grade Presentation Celebration (May 17)
  3. Curriculum
    1. Reading Curriculum The staff rewrote the reading curriculum and aligned it with the current state standards. The accountability committee reviewed and gave feedback on the curriculum as it was written. (April/May)
  4. Parent Survey the accountability committee put together an end of year survey for the parents. We will review the results of this survey at our meeting in the fall. (May)