District Site Council

  • Since 1992 Kansas statutes have required every school seeking accreditation to have a building site council.  Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) regulations require every school system seeking accreditation to have a district site council that participates in the system's accreditation process.
    In June 2016, the Lawrence Board of Education decided that its former Finance Advisory Council (FAC), created in 2012 to serve as an external monitoring body to the school district, the board, and superintendent, would serve in the role of District Site Council.  The Council met monthly.  Agendas and minutes of those meetings were filed with the Clerk of the Board and posted to the district’s website. The 2016 approved guidelines state that there will be two (2) BOE members, Assistant Superintendent, Director of Finance, and (4) four community members who may serve on the District Site Council. In addition, the Board added the appointment of (3) three district administrators from each building level: elementary, middle school, and high school; (2) two certified teachers, (2) two classified support staff members, and amended the title of the Assistant Superintendent to Interim/Deputy Superintendent.
    The USD 497 Site Council did not meet during the COVID-19 Pandemic from March 2020 - November 2021. 
    In December 2021, the Lawrence Board of Education revised the guidelines to reflect the current membership.  The USD 497 site council members are listed below.  
    This group meets quarterly on the third Monday of the month from 5:00 - 6:00pm at the Educational Support Center, 110 McDonald Drive. A list of meeting dates is below.

    If you have questions or concerns regarding this committee, please contact Julie Goulding, senior administrative assistant, at jgouldin@usd497.org.  




    2022-23 Agenda/Minutes
    2021-22 Agenda/Minutes
    2019-2020 Agenda/Minutes

    2018-19 Agenda/Minutes

    2017-18 Minutes