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Decision Making Process

At both the campus and district levels, Sweetwater ISD offers opportunities for input in matters that affect employees and influence the instructional effectiveness of the district. As part of the district’s planning and decision-making process, employees and community members are elected to serve on district- or campus-level advisory committees. The decision making chart shows the flow of decisions across the district:

  • The Sweetwater ISD Leadership Cabinet consists of the members of the Sweetwater ISD Chief Administration. The purpose of the leadership Cabinet is to assist the superintendent in district level leadership and decision making, develop recommendations presented to the Board of Trustees, provide guidance and leadership in the district. The Leadership Cabinet consists of: 


    Dr. Drew Howard – Superintendent

    Dr. Kenny Border – Chief Operations Officer

    Dr. Jared Duncum – Chief Academic Officer

    Dr. Patty Coté - Chief of Student and School Support

    Casey Bills – Chief Financial Officer

    Nick Rutherford – Chief Technology Officer


  • The Academic Council is led by the Sweetwater ISD Chief Academic Officer and provides input within the data-driven decision-making processes to provide equitable academic programs to provide an optimum learning environment to every student.  The Academic Advisory Council will support Sweetwater district goals in the areas of reading and math by supporting academic growth of students and teachers by: 

    1. Providing a strong, engaging, and relevant curriculum. 

      1. Feedback and support for the Curriculum Management Plan

      2. Direction and Feedback on Curriculum Guides

      3. Business partnerships

    2. Providing direction and feedback related to instructional needs of students and teachers.

      1. Campus representation when determining instructional support and Professional Development needs of teachers.

      2. Engage in research of best instructional practices in areas of need as determined by student needs on Common Assessments and STAAR.

     

    Academic Advisory Council Membership Roster


  • The Community Communication Council assists the district in communicating, gathering information for the development of, and providing feedback on policies, procedures, and future plans. These include the need and use of facilities, evaluating current and future programs, economic development, and partnerships with other businesses and organizations. 

     

    Community Communication Council Membership Roster

     
  • The Student Health Advisory Council is led by the Sweetwater ISD Chief Operations Officer and assists in evaluating district and campus emergency procedures, the safety and security of facilities, child nutrition, transporting students, and the overall health, safety, and security to ensure an optimum learning environment for every student. During the preceding school year, the district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) held 3 meetings. Additional information regarding the district’s SHAC is available from the Chief Operations Officer.To encourage healthy habits in our students, the district has developed a board-adopted wellness policy at FFA(LOCAL) and corresponding Wellness Plan and procedures to implement it.
  • The Technology Integration Council is led by the Sweetwater ISD Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for providing and gathering input to help facilitate technology integration and supplementation by evaluating district and campus technology needs, equipment capabilities, program sustainability, technology training, and implementation effectiveness to facilitate the optimum learning environment for every student. 

     

    Technology Integration Council Membership Roster


  • The Special Programs Council is led by the Sweetwater ISD Chief of Student and School Support and provides input within the data-driven decision-making processes to provide equitable support to learners with specialized needs including students who receive support through Special Education, 504, and those identified as Emergent Bilinguals.   The Special Programs Council will support Sweetwater district goals by supporting academic growth of students with specialized needs by: 

    • Identifying the systems of support available for students with unique learning needs

    • Informing best practices in the classroom to support students

    • Ensuring each child’s potential is maximized through exposure to equitable learning opportunities, regardless of their learning needs

     

    Special Programs Council Membership Roster


  • In compliance with law, each campus shall establish a campus advisory council (committee) to ensure that effective planning and site-based decision-making occur to direct and support the improvement of student performance for all students. The committees shall assist the principal, as the Board’s designee, in establishing and reviewing the goals, performance objectives, and major classroom instructional programs of each campus. The committee shall be composed of members who shall represent campus-based professional staff, District-level professional staff, parents, businesses, and the community. When practicable, professional staff representation shall include a representative with the primary responsibility for educating students with disabilities. The committee shall include at least two parents of students currently enrolled in the District, and at least two community members, who reside in the district, selected by a process that provides for adequate representation of the community’s diversity.

     

    CIP-Southeast Elementary

    CIP-East Ridge Elementary

    CIP-Sweetwater Intermediate School

    CIP-Sweetwater Middle School

    CIP-Sweetwater High School


  • In an effort to hear and resolve employee concerns or complaints in a timely manner and at the lowest administrative level possible, the board has adopted an orderly grievance process. Employees are encouraged to discuss their concerns or complaints with their supervisors or an appropriate administrator at any time. The formal process provides all employees with an opportunity to be heard up to the highest level of management if they are dissatisfied with an administrative response. Once all administrative procedures are exhausted, employees can bring concerns or complaints to the board of trustees.
  • In an effort to hear and resolve parent and student complaints in a timely manner and at the lowest administrative level possible, the board has adopted orderly processes for handling complaints on different issues. Any campus office or the superintendent’s office can provide parents and students with information on filing a complaint. Parents are encouraged to discuss problems or complaints with the teacher or the appropriate administrator at any time. Parents and students with complaints that cannot be resolved to their satisfaction should be directed to the campus principal. The formal complaint process provides parents and students with an opportunity to be heard up to the highest level of management if they are dissatisfied with a principal’s response

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