The official name of the organization shall be the "Boulder Valley School District RE-2 Accountability Committee" and shall be referred to as the "District Accountability Committee (DAC).
DAC shall fulfill the function of a school district accountability committee as defined by the Colorado Department of Education rules, regulations and policies, and guidelines jointly established by DAC with the BVSD Board of Education. With this aim, DAC will advise the Board on the adequacy and efficiency of educational programs offered by the district. Areas identified in the legal guidelines for the BVSD accountability committee include, but are not limited to, accountability guidelines, school goals/district planning, budget, safe school plan, educational programs, charter schools, waivers, and areas included in all other board policies that are relevant to the work of the district accountability committee.
DAC reviews school improvement plans, makes recommendations, and reports its progress to the appropriate audience, whether it is the general public, the state board of education, the local school board, or the school community.
DAC is a legally constituted committee composed of members nominated by each of the School Improvement Teams (SITs), as well as members at large. All nominations will be submitted by the District Accountability Committee Executive Board to the Board of Education for appointment. There will be at least three parents, one teacher, one school administrator, and one community member who is not employed by the school district, who resides within the district, and who does not have children in Boulder Valley Schools.
The Administrative Liaison (superintendent's designee) shall serve as a resource person to DAC.
The Board of Education will identify a Board Member as a liaison to DAC.
Members are approved by the Board of Education. Applications shall be submitted by May 31. Terms will begin in August. Members serve for two school-calendar years.
In the event a DAC member finds it necessary to resign, the Vice Chairperson will initiate a request that the local SIT nominate a representative.
The DAC executive committee may revoke membership status if a member is no longer found to be in good standing or is found in violation of the bylaws.
Officers will consist of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Membership Officer and Secretary if elected. If approved by the membership, the chairperson may serve for a second year. Election of the other officers of DAC shall be conducted at the regularly scheduled meeting in May of each year. A nominating committee appointed by the Executive Board will present a list of candidates for Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Membership Officer and Secretary if needed. Further nominations may be accepted from the floor. Those nominated for office ideally should have one year remaining in their terms. Election will be by secret ballot or by a unanimous verbal vote of all members attending the meeting.
In the event of the resignation of the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson will assume the office. After notification of the whole committee, at the next regular or special meeting of DAC, a Vice Chairperson will be nominated and elected.
In the event of a resignation of the, Vice Chairperson, Membership Officer or Secretary, DAC will, after notification of the whole committee, at the next regular or special meeting, elect a new officer to the vacant office for the duration of the term.
In case of the absence of the Chairperson, the order of succession to Temporary Chairperson for the meeting shall be Vice Chairperson, Membership Officer and Secretary, if a member of the Executive Board.
Subcommittee chairpersons will be selected by the subcommittee membership.
Each officer shall perform the duties assigned to the office by the bylaws and the adopted parliamentary authority. The specific duties for each officer are as follows:
Standing subcommittees of DAC shall be the Executive Board and such other standing committees as may be approved by the DAC membership.
The composition of the Executive Board shall be the officers of DAC, the Administrative Liaison, the Subcommittee Chairpersons and any appointed liaisons.
The Executive Board shall meet once per month. Additional meetings may be called as necessary.
Executive Board responsibilities:
Additional subcommittees may be formed from the membership as deemed necessary.
The person designated by the Superintendent as administrative liaison will be a non-voting member of DAC. He/she will also inform DAC of District and State policies, activities, and decisions from the state legislature and Colorado Department of Education; seek necessary financial and administrative support for DAC activities; facilitate communication between DAC and the administration, and organize, coordinate, and disseminate information and training among SITs, DAC, and the Board of Education. The person designated by the Board of Education as the liaison will be a non-voting member of DAC. He/she will also inform DAC of District and State policies, activities, and decisions from the state legislature and Colorado Department of Education; seek Board support for DAC activities; and facilitate communication between DAC and the Board of Education.
Members willing to serve as liaisons to other organizations, such as the student accountability committee, should notify the chairperson. These liaisons will serve as a communication link between DAC and other organizations.
Regular meetings of DAC are held the first Tuesday of each month during the school year. The Executive Board will develop a calendar of alternate or additional meetings. All meetings will be open to the public.
Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson. Subcommittee meetings will be called by the Subcommittee Chairperson.
Consensus, as determined by the presiding officer, may guide decisions of DAC. Voting may be used when an issue has received a motion and a second. Only current DAC members in good standing may vote.
Draft reports will be reviewed and approved at a regular DAC meeting before they are sent to the Board of Education. Dissenting reports from the subcommittee will be encouraged when there is strong disagreement.
A quorum of at least 40 percent of the current membership and two officers must be present to conduct DAC business.
Board of Education DAC work sessions will be scheduled to permit substantive discussions of DAC activities, findings, and recommendations.
The recommendations to the Board of Education will be made after a majority of DAC members have approved the content of the report and will be presented to the board by the DAC executive committee. Only the chairperson or designee shall present reports and/or recommendations to the board of education and/or to the general public on behalf of DAC. Requests for information from staff are submitted by the chair or member of the executive committee.
The rules contained in the current edition of "New Robert's Rules of Order" shall govern committee procedure in all cases not provided for in these bylaws.
Proposed bylaw changes will be submitted to the Chairperson of DAC at least two weeks before a regularly scheduled meeting for circulation to DAC members. Changes or additions to the bylaws will then be discussed at the next regular meeting. There must be a two-thirds vote of those members in attendance to approve changes in bylaws.
Amended May 4, 2010