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What is the School Advisory Council?

The School Advisory Council (SAC) is an advisory group, required by State Education Reform Act of 1993. The SAC is a committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, and community members.


The SAC is charged with supporting District Goals through writing and implementing the School Improvement Plan, reviewing the school district budget, and providing general enhancement for the school community. Members serve a two-year term, and meetings are held once a month, typically right after school. The SAC requires equal representation of school personnel and parents and must contain at least one community member.


The law outlines four major areas of responsibility for councils. School councils are to assist principals in:

  • Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards
  • Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school
  • Reviewing the annual school building budget
  • Formulating a school improvement plan 

This link takes you directly to the Mass DOE website with a detailed description of councils, per the regulations:


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