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School Community Council

Board Members:
School Representation (50%)
Administrator - Kainoa Pali
Faculty 1 -Mary Audit
Faculty 2 - Kahoiwai
Faculty 3 - Iolani Kuoha. Kaiapuni SCC Chairman
Staff 1 - Lyn Bonk. SCC Vice Chairman
Staff 2 - Emily Mahiai-PCNC
Community Representation (50%)
Parent 1 - Joanie Tanabe. Secretary
Parent 2 - Lauren Kikukawa
Community 1 - Nahiwa Naki
Community 2 - 'Oleo Schonely
Community 3- Ric Ornellas
Student 1 - 7th grade
Student 2 - 8th grade Ivan Ramos
May 11, 2020 3:30-5:00 online
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March 9, 2020 3:30-5:00 pm Room S-102
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February 10, 2020 3:30-5:00 pm Room S-102
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December 9, 2019 3:30-5:00 pm Room S-102
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November 18, 2019: 3:30-5:00 pm Room S-102
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September 16, 2019: 3:30-5:00 pm Room S-102
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August 19, 2019, 3:30-5:00 pm. Room S-102
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April 8, 2019, 3:30-5:00 pm. Room S-102
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November 19, 2018, 3:00-4:30 pm Room S-102
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​October 15, Monday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. MMS Rm S102
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Past SCC Meetings & Agenda
September 10, 2018 3:00-4:30 PM. MMS Pm S-102
Go to link for approved minutes mms_scc_minutes_9.10.2018.pdf
May 5th, Monday, 3:00-4:30 p.m. MMS Rm S102
Go to link for 4/14 Agenda: scc_meeting_agenda_5.14.pdf
Go To link for 5/14 Minutes: scc_min_5.14.pdf
March 12, Monday 3:00-4:30 p.m., MMS RM S102
Go to link for Agenda: scc_meeting_agenda.pdf
Go to link for 3/12 minutes: mms_scc_3.12.18_minutes.pdf
February 12, Monday 3:00-4:30pm, MMS RM S102
Go to link for Agenda: scc_agenda_2.12.pdf_february.pdf
Go to link for 2/12 minutes: mms_scc_2_12_18_minutes.pdf
January 22, Monday, 3:00-4:30 p.m., MMS RM S102
Go to link for Agenda: scc_meeting_agenda_1.22.pdf
Go to link for 1/22 minutes: scc_min_01.22.pdf
December 11th, Monday, 3:00-4:30 p.m., MMS RM S102
Go to link for Agenda: scc_meeting_agenda_dec.pdf
Go to link for 12/11 minutes: dec_scc_minutes.pdf
November 20th, Monday, 3:00-4:00 p.m., MHS/MMS School Library
Go to link for Agenda: scc_meeting_agenda_nov20.pdf
Go to link for 11/20 minutes: scc_min_11.20.pdf
November 13th, Monday, 3:00-4:00 p.m., MHS/MMS School Library
Go to link for special meeting Agenda: mms_scc_special_meeting_agenda_nov13.pdf
Go to link for 11/13 mintues: scc_min_11.13.pdf
October 16th, Monday, 3:00-4:30 p.m., MHS/MMS School Library
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​Go to link for 10/16 minutes: scc_min_10.16.pdf
September 11th, Monday, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Rm P-110
Go to link for Agenda: scc_agenda_sept11.pdf
Go to link for 9/11 minutes: scc_min_9.11.pdf
About the Councils
School Community Councils (SCC) play a vital role in Hawaii’s education system. They are part of the leadership structure at each school and enable shared-decision making among principals, teachers, school staff, parents, students and community members to improve student achievement.
School Community Councils are:
  • A group of people who are elected by their peers to advise the principal on matters that affect student achievement and school improvement. Their primary role is to participate in the process that ensures that the needs of all students are addressed in the school’s Academic Plan.
  • Forums for open discussion and problem-solving related to student achievement. Research suggests that the collaborative process contributes to improved school culture, classroom practices and student learning, and the development of a strong professional community of educators.
  • A means to involve the community in the discussion of educational issues and help schools identify and respond to the educational needs of the community.
Benefits to members of a School Community Council include:
  • Learning about educational research and factors that impact student achievement;
  • Being an important partner in the education system, whose views are valued;
  • Contributing to the shared goal of improving student achievement;
  • Having a vehicle through which to express opinions and share ideas; and
  • Being informed about what is happening at the school.
ContactParticipating on the School Community Council provides a unique opportunity to make a difference in public education. To inquire about joining a Council, please contact a school directly or contact Polly Quigley​, 808-294-0022.​
Key documents
  • The current Academic Plans and Financial Plans for schools can be found in the Report Finder.
  • To view a school's SCC agendas, minutes and related information, please visit the school's website. 
In 2004, the Hawaii State Legislature took significant steps to ensure that school community members would have greater influence in public education. The “Reinventing Education Act of 2004 (Act 51 as amended by Act 221, Session Laws of Hawaii 2004)” created Schools Community Councils (SCC) to support school improvement and the academic achievement of students through increased community involvement in the school.
HRS Section 302A-1124 mandates the Board of Education and Department of Education to establish a school community council system for Hawaii’s schools. The law improves the way the state’s single school system is organized, particularly by allowing for more educational decision making at the school level and thereby increasing the involvement of those directly affected by the decisions. A matrix of Act 51/221 requirements summarizes the requirements specified in the state statute.
The Hawaii State Board of Education adopted the following policies to implement School Community Councils in all Hawaii public schools:
  • Policy 500.19​, School Community Councils establishes school community councils in all public schools.
  • Policy 500.20​, School Community Council Waivers and Exceptions establishes procedures for schools to request waivers from specific Board policies or rules and/or exceptions to specific provisions of labor agreements.
  • Policy 2413, Student Instructional Hours and School Year Requirements Policy and Waiver Process specifies procedures for schools to request waivers from the policy on student instructional hours and school year requirements pursuant to HRS 302A-251.
School Community Councils were established to provide a mechanism whereby key stakeholders can have a substantially increased voice in the affairs of their local schools. The “spirit” and intent of Act 51 was to:
  • Strengthen the ties between school and community;
  • Provide a voice for all major stakeholder groups;
  • Create opportunities for collaboration and partnership in the educational system; and
  • Focus on a shared goal of improving student achievement and system’s accountability.
As the “trustees or facilitators of the school’s vision and mission,” the School Community Council:
  • Acts as a caretaker of the school;
  • Functions in an advisory role;
  • Practices good stewardship and acts as a whole, taking responsibility for communicating with all role groups and for the benefit of all children rather than as individuals representing a role group and specific agendas;
  • Approaches issues from a unified perspective;
  • Garners community support for major initiatives;
  • Focuses decisions based upon what is best for ALL students; and
  • Contributes to the share goal of improving student achievement.
The policies developed by the Hawaii State Board of Education and Hawaii State Department of Education to implement School Community Councils are based on three common-sense principles:
  • Individuals closest to the students should be more involved in making significant decisions affecting the instructional program of the school.
  • A school plan to improve student academic achievement receives more support when people understand and help create that plan.
  • When families participate in a variety of ways in their children’s education, including decision-making, their children and the school are more successful.
School Community Council membership and operations
A School Community Council (SCC) requires the collaborative involvement of the stakeholders of the school: principal, teachers, non-certificated staff, students, parents and other community members. SCC program requirements related to membership, governance and operational procedures are specified in the state statute and Board and Department of Education policies.
​​​​​MembershipA School Community Council (SCC) is composed of the principal, teachers, non-certificated staff, students, parents and community members. In all schools (elementary, middle and high), the total number of SCC members may vary, but the law fixes the proportional representation of different stakeholder groups.
  • 50% of the members are from the school staff including the Principal, teachers and non-certificated staff.
  • 50% of the members are parents, students and community members.
Learn more about the specific requirements of the SCC representative from each stakeholder group.
Hawaii statute and Board policy require that each School Community Council develop bylaws to guide their operations. Bylaws provide the framework from which the Council operates. See Sample SCC Bylaws from which to develop individual school SCC Bylaws.
The following procedure should be followed in submitting the school SCC Bylaws.
  1. Schools will submit their completed bylaws to the Complex Area Superintendent (CAS) for review and approval.
  2. Once the bylaws are reviewed, the CAS will return them to the school’s SCC with recommendations for improvement, if needed.
  3. The SCC should consider the recommendations, make appropriate revisions to the bylaws, and submit 3 copies to the CAS for approval.
  4. The CAS will forward an approved copy of the SCC bylaws to the state SCC office.
All SCCs should elect members based on the guidelines in the SCC Bylaws. Special elections can be held if there are vacant positions or if election procedures have been challenged. All DOE public schools are required to hold SCC elections. The principal is charged with providing leadership and oversight for the election process. Each school is to maintain a SCC member list from year to year on the school's website. The SCC member list should be updated as membership changes.Learn more about the nomination and election process. View sample forms.
The state statute calls for the election of officers. Each SCC is required to elect officers, including:
  • A chairperson;
  • A vice-chairperson;
  • A secretary; and
  • Other officers as needed to perform stated duties in support of the work of the council.
Principals are not able to be elected as the chairperson of the SCC due to a conflict of interest in the appeal process and the evaluation of the principal. However, the principal will work collaboratively with the SCC chairperson to provide leadership for the Council.
The current list of SCC Officers should be posted on the school website and submitted to the state SCC Office.
Regular meetings of the School Community Council must be convened to encourage and facilitate increased participation and input by parents, students, community members, and the school staff in the affairs of the schools. Public notice of SCC meetings must be posted not less than six (6) calendar days prior to the SCC meeting. See Public Notice of Meetings for specific guidelines regarding the posting of SCC meeting notices, agenda and minutes.
The following tools and resources are provided to support SCCs in planning and conducting effective
SCCs are also expected to hold at least two (2) Community Meetings during the school year. The Community Meetings provide for public accountability, opportunities for input, collaboration, and communication with members of the school community. The purpose of the meetings is to encourage the sharing of ideas and provide input to the development of the school’s Academic Plan and Financial Plans. The Guidelines for Community Meetings provide direction on roles, responsibilities and strategies for conducting effective community meetings.
Board Policy 2411 specifically calls for a decision making process that may be used by the school community council — a process that includes a fallback procedure whereby the final recommendations of the school community council are made by majority vote, by the principal, or by some other method that is agreed upon by the school community council.
The following tools and resources are provided to guide and help SCCs with the implementation of the decision making process.
The SCC Self Assessment Survey sets a clear and consistent standard for the core elements of an effective SCC. The online survey is utilized to collect data annually on the quality of the SCC implementation at each school and for the system. A school's current SCC members should complete it at the end of the school year.
Data from the survey is used to help determine action plans in building and improving the effectiveness of the School Community Council. Learn more about the SCC Self Assessment Survey Instrument and Process.
Refer to the SCC Activities Checklist and Timeline for a calendar of key SCC activities and due dates.
FunctionsOverview of key functions of the School Community Council.
​​​​​SCC functionsBoard of Education Policy 2411 describes the major functions of the School Community
  • Review the school Academic Plan and Financial Plan and either recommend revisions of the plans to the principal, or recommend the plans for approval by the complex areas superintendent. Learn more.​
  • Review evidence of school progress on the implementation of the Academic Plan.
  • Participate in the principal selection and evaluation process. Learn more.
  • Submit requests for waivers to policies, rules, procedures and exceptions to collective bargaining agreements to improve student achievement. Learn more.
  • Provide recommendations for revising or creating new school level policies and procedures;
  • Review principal’s determination of school’s repair and maintenance needs; and
  • Provide opportunities for community input and collaboration.
The role of the SCCs is to focus their responsibilities on the goals of the school, and, in an advisory capacity, provide direction, coordination, and communication to improve teaching and learning that results in greater student achievement.
The School Community Council:
  • Is not a governing board;
  • Does not hire and fire the principal;
  • Does not control school finances;
  • Does not evaluate teachers or other staff;
  • Is not a forum for promoting personal agendas; and
  • Is not a body whose members “represent” constituencies.
The SCC Activities Checklist and Timeline​ provides a calendar of activities and key due dates for the above functions and responsibilities.
Approval and Appeal ProcessThere is a clear and concrete delineation of powers and responsibilities among the school community council, principal, complex area superintendent, superintendent and Board of Education. The Matrix of Act 51/221 Requirements summarizes the responsibilities of each role group as described in the state statute.
The SCC will be involved in making decisions regarding school improvement with a focus on increasing student achievement. Decision making will include approving or not approving issues brought before the SCC. It is important for the council to understand the approval process and the authority within the DOE, BOE, and respective Unions who are authorized to provide the final approval for such decisions. Learn more about the Approval Process.
An appeal process provides steps and timelines for SCCs to appeal decisions made by the principal, complex area superintendent, or superintendent.
  • Learn more about the Appeal Process.
  • View Appeal Process Forms.
Information acquired from the Hawaii State Department of Education Website: