SIC District Contact
75 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Upcoming SIC Training Sessions
Monday, February 13, 2017:
Communicating with the Greater School Community & Crafting the SIC Report to Parents
School Improvement Councils (SICs)
In South Carolina, a School Improvement Council is an advisory council to the principal and school on issues related to school improvement. By law, every K-12 public school in South Carolina must have an SIC
that is made up of parent, teacher, student (grades 9-12), and community member representatives that are either elected or appointed. A school's principal serves as an ex-officio member of every SIC. An SIC
may create additional ex-officio positions such as the school’s Teacher of the Year, PTA or PTO President, past SIC Chair, or a representative of the school’s Title I Advisory Committee, as well.
Current state law requirements regarding SIC membership, elections, and duties are set forth in Title 59 (Education) of the SC Code of Laws. Because SICs are technically considered "public bodies," SICs must also follow the rules regarding open meetings and public records contained in the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
Legislatively, SICs have two annual duties: 1) complete an annual report to parents and 2) assist in writing their school's report card narrative for the state.
Quick Facts & FAQs
What is a School Improvement Council (SIC)?
is a broad-based body intended to advise the principal and school,
and is focused on helping to achieve school improvement
Who serves on an SIC?
Every K-12 public school in South Carolina is required to have an SIC
that includes at least:
two elected parent representatives;
two elected teacher representatives;
in school’s serving grade 9 or above, two elected student representatives;
two community member representatives appointed by the principal
the school principal as an ex-officio member.
Parent and teacher representatives (and students) serve staggered terms of two years
The SIC is required to maintain twice as many elected members as appointed members.
State law requires that elections be held by
October 15 each year.
What are the limitations on a SICs' authority?
SICs are advisory only. The do not have any of the powers and duties reserved for the local school board, district, or school administrators, teachers, and staff.
How are SIC representatives chosen?
Parents are nominated and elected by the parents at their child's school.
Teachers are nominated and elected by teachers at their school.
Students elect student representatives in schools serving grade 9 or higher.
Elementary and middle school SICs may include student representatives.
Community member representatives are appointed by the principal to the SIC. Interested community members should contact the school principal or SIC Chair for more details.
What leadership does an SIC have?
Each SIC elects its own officers annually – a Chair, a Vice Chair
, and a Secretary. SICs do not hold funds, so there is no Treasurer. It is the responsibility of the elected SIC Chair to preside over SIC meetings and to work with the principal to develop meeting agendas.
Required SIC duties include:
Reporting its SIC membership information to the state using the online SC-SIC Member Network by November 15 each year (principal’s responsibility)
Assisting in the preparation of the five-year School Improvement Plan and annual updates;
Assisting in monitoring the school’s progress under the Plan;
Consulting with the school on development of the family engagement portion of the School Reading Plan as required by the Read to Succeed Act;
Writing the annual SIC Report to the Parents (distributed by April 30 and posted to online SIC Member Network by June 1);
Assisting the principal in writing the narrative report for the annual SC School Report Card.