District Advisory Committee
What is the District Advisory Committee?
The District Advisory Committee is a group of interested individuals who meet about six times per year to advise the Superintendent and Board on educational plans, goals, performance objectives, and major classroom instructional programs. Established by law, the committee is made up of representatives from the professional staff of the district, parents of students enrolled in the district, and business and community members. The Superintendent consults regularly with the committee regarding matters pertaining to curriculum, new programs and initiatives, and progress toward achieving educational goals.
Who is eligible to serve on the committee?
Twelve members of the committee are elected by Fort Worth ISD professional staff. Eight are classroom teachers and four positions are reserved for campus-based administrators. Of the four administrative positions, one is elected at large representing a non-teaching professional with responsibilities on more than one campus. The eleven remaining positions are appointed by the Board of Education: five parents of Fort Worth ISD students, three community representatives, and three business representatives. Individuals appointed by the Board must represent the diversity of the community.
When does the committee meet?
The committee decides the best day and time for meetings and generally meets about six times during the school year. This year, meetings will be held at 4:30 p.m., usually in the Board Conference Room at 2903 Shotts St., directly behind the administration building. Meetings are usually on Thursday and last about two hours.
What is the role of the committee?
The committee is strictly advisory in nature. Each year, the committee evaluates the academic progress in the district and assists staff in making appropriate changes in the District Educational Improvement Plan. Other matters that come before the committee include the district’s budget, the calendar, plans for professional development and any new educational programs and initiatives. Meetings are open to the public, but only committee members may vote and/or participate in discussion. Members often attend meetings of the Board of Education to advise the Board of the committee’s position on a particular agenda item.
Why serve on the committee?
The committee is made up of interested and involved individuals, and long-lasting relationships often develop among the members. The Superintendent and other top administrators are often at the meetings, and members can interact formally and informally with them. Committee members learn about vital functions of the school district and have an opportunity to help in shaping the district’s educational programs.
Fort Worth ISD employees are elected as follows: four elementary teachers, two middle school teachers, two high school teachers, and one representative elected at large. In addition there are three principals elected to serve: one each from elementary, middle and high school.
Parent Representatives - The individual appointed to serve in the position MUST be the parent of a Fort Worth ISD student. (It is important to note that parents may only serve in the role of parent; parents may not be appointed as community or business representatives.)
Community Representatives - The individual in this position may not be the parent of a Fort Worth ISD student and must live in the District.
Business Representatives - The individual in this position may not be the parent of a Fort Worth ISD student and need not work or live in the District. The only criteria is that he or she is representative of business