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What is a School Site Council?

The California Education Code requires the school site council to develop a Single Plan for Student Achievement. The purpose of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) is to create a cycle of continuous improvement of student performance, and to ensure that all students succeed in reaching academic standards set by the State Board of Education.  The California Education Code requires the school site council to develop a Single Plan for Student Achievement for Consolidated Application programs operated at the school or in which the school participates.

Also, the EJHS Site Council will serve as a forum where school staff, parents, and students can discuss a variety of issues that affect student performance at Emerson Junior High.


Organizing the School Site Council

Composition of the school site council is specified in the California Education Code as follows:

  • The school site council shall be composed of the principal and representatives of: teachers selected by teachers at the school; other school personnel selected by other school personnel at the school; parents of students attending the school selected by such parents; and, in secondary schools, students selected by students attending the school. 

  • At Emerson, this process occurs by an election. In the past, Emerson parents have submitted statements and been voted on at Back to School Night.  Student elections are held with the assistance of the ASB class. Teachers are elected by their peers, as are "other staff" (usually non-certificated).  Terms are for two years.

  • At the secondary level, the school site council shall be constituted to ensure parity between (a) the principal, classroom teachers, and other school personnel, and (b) equal numbers of parents or other community members selected by parents, and students.

  • At both the elementary and secondary levels, classroom teachers shall comprise the majority of persons represented under subdivision (a) of this section.

Site Council Members

Stacy Desideri, Principal

Gerri Brown, Parent

Bob Bain, Parent

Parshaw Vaziri, Parent

Tim Fahlen, Teacher

Chris McDermott, Teacher

Carlette Hartsough, Teacher

CSEA Members to be determined

Student Members to be determined


Meeting Time: 3:30 - 5pm

Dates: September 24

October 22

November 19

January 28

February 25

March 25

April 22

May 27