Building Leadership Team & Decision Making Processes
The BLT has two main functions: oversee the annual development and updating of the C-SIP (Continuous School Improvement Plan) and oversee the development and adoption of the school budget each year. One aspect of the C-SIP includes the adoption of the annual Professional Development Plan for staff and the development (updating and adopting) of a decision-making plan.
The BLT may take on other tasks from time to time as well.
As per the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and Seattle Public Schools Policy, every school shall have a Building Leadership Team (BLT) to govern decision-making processes that support the best outcomes for students. The BLT is comprised of elected members of the school as well as parent representation. The BLT’s mission is to support Professional Development, fostering two-way communication between constituencies and the Budget Process.
Building Leadership Team
STEVENS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BYLAWS
Dev. 2015 - 2016
The mission of the STEVENS ELEMENTARY Building Leadership Team is to serve as the overseer of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, its professional development plan, community advocacy and as facilitators for the development of the budget. The STEVENS ELEMENTARY BLT according to the Decision Making Matrix shall define the budget development process using students’ academic achievement and social and emotional wellbeing as a guide. The BLT shall be composed of representatives including an administrator, certificated and classified staff, and parent consultation. In addition, the group will act as:
- A governance body to shape school policy and facilitate cooperative decision-making
- A resource and advocate for staff, parents, and students at meetings, as required,
- A motivator to promote school wide efforts
The STEVENS ELEMENTARY BLT shall at all times follow to the greatest extent possible the
STEVENS ELEMENTARY Responsibilities and will respect the confidentiality of students, staff and parents in the conduct of its business. In order to function at the highest level of professionalism mutual trust and collegiality must exist among the school staff and the BLT. To that end, the STEVENS ELEMENTARY BLT pledges its commitment to work for the good of all students and staff.
The Stevens Elementary Building Leadership Team shall consist of the following members:
- One Classroom Teacher K-2 Morgan Leming
- On Classroom teacher 3-5 Casey Martin
- One Certificated Specialist (Math, Music, Library or ELL) Dr. Karen Jackson
- One Special Education Teacher Crystal Flint
- One SEA Represented Classified, Parapro Martha Levenson
- One SEA Represented Classified, SAEOP Val Derosier
- One SEA Certificated Representative Tenny Canning
- Building Principal Kelley Archer
- Two parent representatives (primary and intermediate) to consult on CSIP; Budget; PD; and as needed Lori Hiltz and Jeff Woods
- 1 member of PTA Non-voting member of team rotated amongst PTA leadership
Each representative on the BLT has the responsibility to gather input from constituents and to represent the interests of his/her group as well as his/her own views.
Membership on the Stevens Elementary BLT will follow a staggered schedule for bringing new members onboard. Tenure on the BLT shall be for a period of two years providing they represent the same constituency. If a BLT member misses more than 2 meetings, that member will meet with the principal to decide whether it is appropriate for the member to continue in that role. At the end of year, staff will vote/review BLT composition. New members will join the BLT through the election process or on a voluntary basis. Parents will determine their own selection process for its representatives to the BLT.
Members of the BLT will assume the following roles on a trimester basis in order to make meetings more effective. It shall be the responsibility of the facilitator to meet with the principal to develop and review the agenda prior to each meeting.
1. Facilitator Tenny Canning (first trimester)
- Starts and ends the meeting
- Reminds staff of next meeting
- Establishes agenda items
- Calls on team members or starts round robin process
- Keeps discussion on target without dominating the conversation
- Helps search for and suggest compromise solutions
- Helps resolve conflict between team members
2. Recorder Martha Levenson
- Remains neutral to content
- Supports facilitator
- Records basic ideas; checks accuracy of perceptions
- Helps give a sense of direction and completion
- Distributes a written record of the meeting in a timely manner; a copy to be filed in a notebook and available for those who wish to review them.
3. Time Keeper Casey Martin
- Periodically remind the team members of time constraints
- Keeps team members focused on the tasks at hand
- Asks whether people are ready to move to decision
- Identifies when more time is needed for discussion
- Recommends time allocation for future agendas
The Building Leadership Team will meet the first Friday of each month during the school year. During budget season or School Improvement Planning the BLT can meet 2x or more per month. Emergency meetings may be called, if necessary. All meetings are open to the entire staff and families. A schedule of these meetings and meeting minutes will be sent electronically to the entire staff.
Quorum will be established as 70% participation by BLT members in BLT meeting (7 members).
The role and/or responsibilities of the STEVENS ELEMENTARY BLT as outlined in the decision making matrix is based on the following norms or agreements:
The STEVENS ELEMENTARY BLT recognizes that the principal must make some decisions related to scheduling, budget accountability, personnel (workloads, work locations), assignment of students, professional performance, discipline, student retention and curriculum based upon Seattle School District directives, state or federal laws or timeline.
It shall be the responsibility of the BLT to retain, within the school building, records of its meetings and actions for a period of six (6) years, after which these records will be forwarded to Seattle School District Archives. These records will include agendas, minutes, and any other pertinent business of the BLT.
Proposed changes to the STEVENS ELEMENTARY BLT bylaws must be presented to the BLT for discussion and in writing. The proposed change(s) would then be taken to a staff meeting for presentation, discussion, etc., and voting when ready to be accepted or rejected by consensus or majority decision. See section on Decision making.
The BLT shall engage in an annual self-evaluation process that include survey submitted to the staff to gather feedback and data that the BLT can use internally to inform its priorities and effectiveness within the school.
A Building Leadership Team Retreat will be planned in the spring of each year to be held during the summer of the same year for the purpose of:
- Reviewing the BLT Bylaws
- Reviewing the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan
- Providing orientation for new members