School Site Council

What is the School Site Council?

California Education Code 52852 requires that each school that participates in certain educational funding programs (Title I or Local Control Funding Formula) establish a School Site Council. The School Site Council is a team comprised of the school principal, teachers, other staff and parents and/or community members.  School Site Council members are elected, with teachers electing teachers, and parents electing parents and community members.  The School Site Council looks at student data and school information, identifies student needs and areas for improvement, and participates in the creation/revision of the Single Plan for Student Achievement. We partner with the PTO and the school district to foster an environment that encourages parent involvement and optimizes communications between the school, parents, and students.

The Phoebe Hearst Elementary School Site Council consists of three Phoebe Hearst teachers, one Phoebe Hearst classified or certificated staff member, and five parents or community members. The school principal serves as an ex officio member.

Current Members (2021-22)

Chair: Daniel Conway (parent member)
Vice Chair: Lisa Marie Mederos (parent member)
Secretary: Sarah Mason Z’berg (parent member)
Parliamentarian: Carrie Relles (teacher member)
Jeanine Rupert (teacher member)
Yuliya Vathis (classified or certificated staff member)
Laurel Nava (parent member)
Thuy Dao (parent member)


The current Phoebe Hearst School Site Council bylaws are available here.

The 2019-20 Phoebe Hearst Single Plan for Student Achievement is available here. The 2020-21 is pending approval.

I am a parent (or teacher or school employee) and would like to participate in the site council, how do I get involved?

School Site Council meetings are open to the general school public. We meet on the second Monday of each month at 3:30 pm. Agendas and prior meeting minutes are posted on the Phoebe Hearst Elementary website in advance of upcoming meetings.

Our 2020-21 meetings will be from 3:30-4:30pm on the following dates:

  • October 6th
  • November 9th
  • January 11th – Agenda
  • March 8th
  • April 12th
  • May 10th
  • October 19
  • November 18 – Agenda

The School Site Council typically meets in the Phoebe Hearst Library, on campus in Room 6. Due to ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will be conducted via Zoom. Meeting login information is available prior to the meetings and can be obtained by contacting Principal Michelle Pechette.

If you are interested in becoming a site council member, nominations and elections of new parents and teachers/staff occur annually in the fall.

What is the difference between the school site council and the PTO?

The Site Council works to develop, review, and evaluate the school’s various programs and determines how best to allocate the limited Local Control Funding Formula money our school receives from the district. Our PTO provides enrichment opportunities to every student on campus by raising money to fully fund a robust arts program, support a school garden and garden program, provide classroom supplies, ensure students can participate in field trips, support campus beautification, assist with extracurricular academic programs like robotics, and many other programs.

How much time does it take to be a site council member?

Typically, members allocate approximately 2 hours per month to attend the monthly meeting.  In between the monthly meetings, communications between Site Council members are typically through emails.  At certain times of the year, members may be asked to chair or be involved in a subcommittee which may meet an additional 1-2 hours/month.