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Horizon School Division
A Community of Learning and Achieving
School Community Councils
What are School Community Councils?
School Community Councils (SCCs) are local governance structures. They have been established by the provincial government through legislation passed in June, 2006. They were established in every school in Saskatchewan by November, 2007, replacing Local Board of Trustees or Local Advisory Committees. SCCs provide the community with a voice in local education as well as providing parent/caregiver and community members an opportunity to work with their local school on programs that enhance learning and student well being.

SCC pamphlet front.JPGResources:

  SGF Portal Login Page

Annual Meeting and Election Reminders.pdf

SCC Election Supevisor Handbook - revised December 2015.pdf

SCC Constitution.pdf


SCC Functions and Powers DECEMBER 2014.pdf

SCC Pamphlet (for print).pdf

  Ministry of Education SCC Support Centre

Each SCC consists of 2 types of members:
  1. Representative members are parents/caregivers or community members. There are 5-9 representative members, a majority of whom must be parents/caregivers. Representative members will be elected for a 2 year term at an annual meeting. There is no restriction on the number of consecutive terms. Half of the members will be elected each year.
  2. Permanent members are appointed. These are the school's principal and one teacher, appointed for a 2 year term. They are non-voting members. Schools that offer Grade 10, 11 and 12 courses also have the opportunity to have one or two students appointed to Council. They are appointed for a one year term and will be voting members. The Council can recommend to the Board of Education that it appoint other members from the community for a one year term.
What do SCCs accomplish?
SCCs are an integral, purposeful and valued component of school division governance. They develop a shared responsibility for learning success and the well-being of our children and youth. Their primary purpose is to encourage and facilitate parent/caregiver & community engagement in school planning and improvement processes.

Educational studies demonstrate thaat there are many benefits to community involvement in schools:
  • Students see improved marks & graduation rates, increased involvement in classroom activities, a more positive attitude towards homework, higher attendance rates and greater enrollment in post-secondary education.
  • Parents/Caregivers benefit from enhanced communication between with administrators and teachers, more opportunities for learning activities in the home and a better understanding of how schools operate.
  • Community benefits with increased cost-effectiveness, thanks to the pooling of time, money and effort, and strengthened community pride through involvement in the school’s achievements.
What are their responsibilities?
SCCs are intended to enhance parent and community involvement in the education of today’s youth. They work collaboratively with the school to improve student learning and well being. Their responsibilities include the following:
  • Understanding the community (in statistical terms, where possible)
  • Collaborating on Learning Improvement Plans with school and division staff
  • Providing advice to the school, Board and other agencies, advocating for their school and community
  • Taking initiative to engaage the community around the school’s goals
  • Reviewing the fees and fundraising of the school to provide a community perspective
  • Must be prepared to attend regular meetings. The council must meet at least five times a year, plus an annual meeting. Monthly meetings will likely be the norm
All of this supports parent/caregiver and community involvement in the school.

Why should I become involved?
You'll want to become involved in your SCC if you say "yes" to one or more of the following questions:
  • Are you interested in the education of the children in this school?
  • Are you willing to stand for election for a 1  or 2  year term?
  • Are you able to attend meetings on a regular basis?
  • Do you have ideas about how to involve parents and the community in the school?
  • Do you have experience, talents or skills that would help the work of the council?
"How can I become involved?"
You can become involved in SCCs through 2 easy steps...
  1. Come to a Community Information Meeting at your school.
  2. Accept a nomination for a Council position. If there are less than 9 nominees, you will be acclaimed for a 1-2  year term. If there are more than nine nominees, an election will be held.

You can find out more about School Community Councils, the dates for the Community Information Meetings and the first Annual Meeting by contacting your school principal.