School-based decision-making (SBDM) was mandated by state law in 1990 to promote shared leadership among those who are closest to the students. The council is the governing body for duPont Manual High School. It determines school policy for curriculum, staffing, discipline, scheduling, instructional practices, extra-curricular activities and other matters pertinent to the operation of the school. The council usually meets once a month. Meetings have historically been held the first Wednesday of each month at 3:00 pm.

The council is made up of the principal, 3 teachers and 2 parents. To ensure a staggered two-year term, this year’s parent member election will be for one parent representative who will serve a two-year term from July 2018 to June 2020.

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SBDM Parent Representative Election Process and Voting

SBDM Elections will be held online Tuesday, April 17 through Monday, April 23 at 11:59pm. You may vote in the election if you are the parent, step-parent, foster parent or legal guardian of a student who will be attending duPont Manual High School during the 2018-2019 school year.

2018 Candidates:

Marian Vasser

Kim Demling

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2018 SBDM Nominations

Any parent, step-parent, foster parent or legal guardian of a student who will be attending duPont Manual during the full term of office may run for a position on the council. A parent is ineligible if he/she is an employee or relative of an employee of duPont Manual or of the JCPS central office or a JCPS school board member or spouse of a school board member. Parents interested in serving on the council are required to attend state-mandated SBDM training (6 hours for new members, 3 hours for experienced members) and attend monthly SBDM council meetings. In addition, candidates should be willing to serve as a vocal representative of the parent perspective on the council; review the agenda and related materials prior to council meetings; take responsibility for disseminating information about council activities to parents; create and utilize mechanisms for obtaining parent input on issues before the council; provide contact information to Manual parents; and meet with other parent council members to debrief on council issues and prepare for council meetings.

If you would like to run for a parent position on the council, please complete the nomination form and return via email to the PTSA SBDM Election Coordinator Vidya Ravichandran or mail/drop-off to duPont Manual Main Office with a deadline to receive of Monday, April 16, 2018. You may nominate yourself or another eligible parent, if you have that person’s consent.

Note: Nominations for 2018 are now closed.

2017 SBDM Election Results

Jennifer Tuvlin was elected to the SBDM in May 2017 and serves from July 2017 through June 2019. Kent Hall was elected to the SBDM in May 2016 and serves from July 2016 through June 2018.