2020 - 2021 EHS SBDM Council Members:
Erika Odom - Principal and Chair
Emily Boston - Parent Representative
Kristin Mathis - Parent Representative
Beth Peckinpaugh - Parent Representative
Gillian Oakley - 3rd Grade and Teacher Representative
Megan Durham - 5th Grade and Teacher Representative
Margaux Head - 1st Grade and Teacher Representative
Reid Thomas - 5th Grade and Teacher Representative
SBDM Meeting Dates for the 2020-21 School Year
August 17, 2020 @ 4:00
September 21, 2020 @ 4:00
October 19, 2020 @ 4:00
November 16, 2020 @ 4:00
December – Council of Councils TBD
January 25, 2021 @ 4:00
February 22, 2021 @ 4:00
March 15, 2021 @ 4:00
April 19, 2021 @ 4:00
May 17, 2021 @ 4:00
June 21, 2021 @ 4:00
A Parent’s Opportunity to Make a Difference
Schools in the Henderson County School System are under the governance of school-based decision making (SBDM) councils. SBDM councils consist of the principal, three teachers, and two parents. The teaching staff elects the teacher members and the parents of students enrolled in the school elect the parent members.
SBDM councils have authority over curriculum, assignment of staff time, assignment of students, determination of school schedule and space, instructional practices, discipline, extracurricular programs and policies, parent involvement, and consultation of candidates for a staff vacancy other than a principal vacancy at each individual school.
Since the SBDM councils at the individual schools have the power to make these very important decisions, it is crucial for parents to understand the process and get engaged in SBDM meetings and committee work.
First, communicate with parent council members. They represent you! Make sure they know your views about education and how the school can best serve all children.
Second, get involved as a SBDM committee member. All schools have committees that work on specific issues such as curriculum, discipline, and facilities. These committees make reports and recommendations to the SBDM council for policy consideration. This is a way to work on issues that interest you without being a SBDM council member.
Third, cast your vote for your parent representative. Elections are held in the spring for the upcoming year. Find out when your school will be holding parent elections and select a representative that supports your views on education.
Fourth, consider running for the SBDM council. It is the best way to make a difference at your child’s school.
It is important to become engaged in the decision making process. Parents have the opportunity to make their child’s school the best it can be. Do not let this opportunity pass you by.
More about SBDM -
The Henderson County Board of Education invites you to become involved in your child’s education. School Based Decision Making (SBDM) member elections for all schools in the Henderson County School system will be in April and May.
SBDM councils consist of the principal, three teachers, and two parents. The teaching staff elects the teacher members and the parents of students enrolled in the school elect the parent members. SBDM councils have authority over curriculum, assignment of staff time, assignment of students, determination of school schedule and space, instructional practices, discipline, extracurricular programs and policies, parent involvement, and consultation of candidates for a staff vacancy other than a principal vacancy at each individual school.
Who is eligible to be on the SBDM council?
· Any parent, step-parent, foster parent, or guardian of students registered or who will be attending Henderson County Schools during the 2019-2020 school year.
· A school system employee may be a parent member of a council where his/her child attends, but not in the school where he/she is employed.
· Parents are eligible to be members of the SBDM council at each of their children’s school.
· Employees or their relatives* of the central office may not be council members. * Relatives include: mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, husband, wife, aunt, uncle, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law.
· If the school is 8% or more minority, there must be a seat available for minority representation.
How is a person nominated to be on the SBDM council?
· A parent or guardian can submit their own name in writing to the school principal or they may submit the name(s) of another parent in writing to the school principal.
· Names must be submitted in writing to the school principal no later than five (5) days before the election.
How is a person elected to the SBDM council?
· Parents or guardians of students in grades K-5 will vote at the elementary school where the student attends or will attend.
· Parents or guardians of students in grades 6-8 will vote at the middle school where the student attends or will attend.
· Parents or guardians of students in grades 9-12 will vote at the high school where the student attends or will attend.
Who conducts SBDM council elections?
· Parent and teacher organizations of the school. If there is no parent and teacher organization, the election is conducted by the largest group of parents formed for the purpose of electing parent representatives to the school council.
Where do you vote for the SBDM council member?
· SBDM elections are held at each school.
· Parents or guardians may vote at the school which their children attend or will attend during the 2020-2021 school year.