Alabama - School-Community and Interagency Partnerships: Partnerships

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State laws encourages districts to establish school-community partnerships to address student needs.

Alabama Code 16-63-5 Duties of community schools advisory committees; membership.

Every participating local board of education shall establish one or more community schools advisory committees which may become involved in matters affecting the educational process in accordance with rules established by the local board of education and approved by the State Board of Education and further shall consider ways of increasing community involvement in the public schools and utilization of public school facilities. Community schools advisory committees may assist local boards of education in the development and preparation of the plans and programs to achieve such goals, may assist in the implementation of such plans and programs and may provide such other assistance as may be requested by the local boards of education.

Community schools advisory committees shall work with local school officials and personnel, parent-teacher organizations, and community groups and agencies in providing maximum opportunities for public schools to serve the communities, and shall encourage the maximum use of volunteers in the public schools.

Wherever possible, the local board of education is encouraged to include at least one high school student. The size of the councils and the terms of membership on the councils shall be determined by the local board of education in accordance with the state guidelines.

The role, scope and responsibility of the advisory committees shall be limited to community school matters.

Alabama Code 16-63-2 Purpose; public policy declared.

The purpose of this chapter is to encourage greater community involvement in the public schools and greater community use of public school facilities. To this end it is declared to be the policy of this state:

(1) To provide for increased involvement by citizens in their local schools through community schools advisory committees.
(2) To assure maximum use of public school facilities by the citizens of each community in this state.
(3) To provide for increased involvement by business and industry in every school system through business/industry partnerships — adopt-a-school programs.

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