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School - Based Decision Making

School-Based Decision Making - Technical Documents

Published: 11/17/2021 10:54 AM

​​The resources included on this page were designed to assist Kentucky's School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) council members, each district's SBDM coordinator, and SBDM trainers. Resources have been organized topically and are routinely updated to align with legislation and to meet the needs of council members and SBDM coordinators and trainers throughout the state. Each subheading below includes a description of its contents and most SBDM-related information can be found within the SBDM Handbook, which is listed first on this page. All other topics are listed in alphabetical order. Should you have a question about the materials or SBDM, please contact the SBDM Consultant listed at the bottom of this page.

​SBDM Handbook

The purpose of the handbook is to provide detailed information regarding School-Based Decision Making processes, laws, and best practices.

SBDM Monthly Agenda Topics

The topics and reminders listed on this document are suggestions for consideration when planning agendas for monthly SBDM meetings.

Annual Documents

Pursuant to KRS 158.186, SBDM council members should receive copies of the two statutes listed beneath this subheading:

The attorney general's office requires that the below documents be distributed to council members within 60 days of the beginning of the council's term. The Kentucky Open Records and Open Meetings Act: A guide for the public and public agencies explains the provisions of the open meetings and the open records act. "Managing Government Records" provides guidance on how to manage public records and how to keep them organized and accessible. "Proof of Receipt" must be signed by all council members to verify that they have received copies of "The Kentucky Open Records and Open Meetings Act" and "Managing Government Records." This signed form is kept on file at the school office. Superintendents verify distribution of the resources by completing the Certficate of Distribution form below.

Election Guidance

The majority of information to assist council member constituent groups with their election processes can be found within the SBDM Handbook; however, schools have eight percent (8%) or greater minority membership in their student population based on the Superintendent's Annual Attendance Report (SAAR) are required to have minority membership on their School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) council [KRS 160.345(2)(b)(2)]. The purpose of the resource below is to help schools determine whether a minority member is required. The data reflected in this report is based on the Superintendent's Annual Attendance Report (SAAR).

Principal Selection

The Principal Selection training materials were developed as a guide during the process of selecting a principal. Principal selection training cannot substitute for the annually required professional learning for all SBDM members as cited in KRS 160.345(6).

Staffing Allocations

Kentucky's funding regulation 702 KAR 3:246 outlines the distribution of funds to schools. The resources below were designed to assist Kentucky's districts and local boards of education as they work through the distribution process and/or update local staffing allocation policies.

Ashlie Cox
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of School and Program Improvement
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601 
(502) 564-3791 Ext. 4046
Fax (502) 564-8149

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