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Site-Based Decision Making


The Division supports excellence in teaching and learning and the involvement of parents/guardians and the community in the education of students.

The Division believes that major decisions about policies, instructional programs and services and the allocation of funds to support them must be made collaboratively. The Principal is the key educational leader at the school level and will provide leadership in successful school-based decision-making. In keeping with the philosophy of the Division, school-based decision-making is to involve collaboration among the Principal, school staff, School Council, Superintendent and the community. School-based decision-making enables schools to be responsive to local educational needs. 


School-based decision-making involves the whole school community in teaching and learning in order to ensure high levels of student achievement. School-based decision-making is a process through which certain decisions are made at the school level consistent with Division procedures.

Community means a school’s students, their parents/guardians and other community-based support elements available to the school. 


  1. This administrative procedure shall be applicable to the Division’s schools but is intended to allow for flexible approaches to site-based decision making.
  2. The focus of site-based decision-making shall be on teaching and learning.
  3. The Principal is expected to seek input from staff, parents/guardians, School Councils and the school community in making school-based decisions.
  4. The role and responsibilities of the staff, parents/guardians, School Councils and the school community will include input into school-based decisions on programs, instructional services, extra-curricular activities and the allocation of funds to support them.
  5. As part of the School Improvement Plan each year, principals shall submit to the Superintendent their school goals.
  6. The Superintendent or designate will meet with the Principal at appropriate times to discuss progress on the school goals.
  7. The Principal is directed to develop and maintain procedures for widespread communication with the school community and for the implementation of site-based decision-making at the school level. This involves facilitating and enabling the leadership role of staff, School Council and students. An important aspect of the role is to work collaboratively with the School Council and the community.
  8. Each Principal must develop a process or model for site-based decision-making that is appropriate to the situation. It is important to note that not all decisions are shared decisions. 
  9. School-based decision-making will be judged to be successful when:
    1. Decisions focus on conditions that enhance teaching and learning;
    2. More people are involved in making better decisions;
    3. People trust one another to make good decisions;
    4. People are more skilled in making decisions;
    5. A positive, collaborative climate exists within the school community;
    6. Public support for schools in particular and education in general increases; and
    7. It fosters sustained school improvements. 
  10. The effectiveness of the site-based decision-making process in place each year will be evaluated based upon the above at least every three (3) years.
  11. School professional development plans will include opportunities for staff and School Council members to facilitate changes in roles and responsibilities including: problem solving, management and communication skills of all stakeholders. 


Sections 20, 22, 60, 61, 113 School Act

School-Based Decision-Making policy 1.8.2

School Councils policy 1.8.3

School-Based Decision-Making Resource Guide (1997)

Board Policy 12 Role of the Superintendent


Revised January 2014