Shared Decision Making

Shared Decision-Making (SDM)
The Shared Decision-Making Plan:
Our plan broadens representation, provides expanded opportunity for ownership, expands the areas open for shared decision-making, makes the process more democratic, and ultimately enables each student to reach his/her potential.

Shared Decision-Making Plan

How often do the Councils meet?
Councils generally meet once a month.  Meeting  times and dates are determined collaboratively by the members of each council to ensure opportunity for participation by all. 

Getting Involved

How to Apply

If you are a parent interested in serving on a council, an application must be completed.  Applications may also be obtained at one of the following locations:  VCS Calendar, Building Offices, or by emailing

Shared Decision Making 2019-20 Committee Application

Selection Process

The purpose of the selection process is to achieve balance and to ensure all aspects of the individual school community are represented.  The Parent Representative Nominating Committee (PRNC) works together to select parent representatives.  PRNC is comprised of  representatives from Victor Central School District Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), Partners in Education (PIE), and Victor’s Outreach In Children’s Education (VOICE).

Annual Training

The District will provide an annual training in areas of  the District’s SDM Plan, such as decision-making, facilitation, problem-solving, team-building, and/or communication.

Building Council

Each building at Victor Central Schools has a council comprised of the following representatives:
4 Parents, 1 Principal,  3 Council Designees, 2 Support Staff, and 6 Victor Teachers’ Association (VTA) Members (and 2 Students for VHS Building Council)

Length of Service:  1 Year
Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Create action plans to improve student achievement.
  • Monitor and evaluate plans.
  • Establish goals and priorities for buildings.
  • Evaluate the SDM process at the building.
  • Facilitate communication between school and community. 
  • Identify training needs of council members.
  • Share information with each SDM group.

Curriculum Council

Curriculum Council is comprised of the following representatives:
4 Parents, 1 Chairperson, 2 Administrators, 10 VTA Members and 2 VHS Students

Length of Service:  2 Years
Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Review and coordinate District-wide curriculum.
  • Recommend new curriculum development or revisions.
  • Assess District curriculum for compliance with State Education Department.
  • Solicit and review proposals for curriculum modification, additions, and/or deletions.
  • Share processes, updates and products with District Council. 
  • Annually develop and review the Professional Development Plan.

District Council

District Council is comprised of the following representatives:
4 Parents, 1 Chairperson, 2 Administrators, 1 Business/Community Member, 2 VHS  Students,
2 Support Staff, and 6 VTA Members

Length of Service:  2 Years
Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor Building Council goals. 
  • Support Pre-K-12 instructional program initiatives and District-wide goals.
  • Serve as a forum for issues which may have District-wide impact.
  • Review and respond regarding program issues with District-wide impact. 
  • Provide input and support for Curriculum Council. 
  • Disseminate information and maintain communication between buildings and constituency groups.
  • Serve within the dispute resolution process as needed. 
  • Assure that shared decision-making training occurs on an annual basis.

Monitoring Task Force

Monitoring Task Force is comprised of the following representatives:
2 Parents, 1 Facilitator, 1 Administrator, 1 Business/Community Member, 1 Student (Grades 10-12),
1 Support Staff, and 1 VTA Member

Length of Service:  1 Year
Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Review effectiveness of the SDM process every two years or as needed, as stated by the Board of Education (BOE).
  • Submit reports to the BOE stating areas of strengths and weakness, as well as recommendations for change or continued implementation of the SDM plan.

Additional Information

As per Regulations of the Commissioner of Education (100.11), the purpose of school-based planning and shared decision-making shall be to improve the educational performance of all students.

If you have additional questions please email

Parents are invited to collaborate
and make a difference for ALL students.

The district has multiple councils and committees that plan, implement, monitor and evaluate decisions directly related to improving student achievement, as well as students’ physical, social and emotional well-being.