Parents and community members are important partners in public education. Through school councils these important partners can make significant and meaningful contributions to the learning opportunities provided to Joseph M. Demko students.
Established in 1995 under the School Act, school councils are defined by Alberta Education as a collective association of parents, students, the principal, teachers and community representative(s) whose purpose is to advise the principal and the Board of Trustees respecting matters related to the school. School councils have legislated advisory and decision-making authority defined within the School Act and the School Councils Regulation 113/2007.
Working in collaboration with the principal and school community, school councils can help foster a supportive learning environment and create valuable opportunities for students to reach their full potential. School councils perform an important advisory role at schools. They help ensure the parent and community perspective is represented in school decision-making. In addition, school councils share information about the school with the community. The actions of the school council must reflect the expectations and beliefs of the school community. The school principal and at least one teacher at the school must be members of the school council and all parents/guardians of students at Joseph M. Demko are members of the school council.
Further information is available from the Alberta School Councils' Association.
Under the School Act, school councils are responsible for submitting an annual report to the Board of Trustees. This report helps the Board of Trustees measure and be accountable for parent and community involvement.
The school council chair is responsible for submitting the report to the Board of Trustees by the end of June. Although the School Act states a Sept. 30 deadline, Trustees would appreciate receiving the report prior to the end of June. A copy of the report should also be provided to the school principal.
Meetings for the school council and Friends of Joseph M. Demko Fundraising Society are held separately, but on the same evening. They will be held the last Tuesday of each month with rotating start times of 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. We encourage parents to attend and look forward to developing a strong partnership with the school community.
Reports & Minutes
- Kelly Ternovatsky, Chair
- Amanda Crouse, Chair
- Jill Webb, Secretary
- Members at large
- Jessica Cardozo
- Jonathon Skuba
- Richelle Robinson
- Kelly Ternovatsky, COSC Representative