School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Councils create school policies and make a wide range of decisions, from selecting textbooks to choosing a new principal. Most JCPS schools have a council, and most councils include three teachers, two parents, and an administrator. The teachers and parents are elected to the council.

All SBDM Council policies are designed to help boost student achievement and must be consistent with Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) policies.

State law requires members elected to an SBDM Council to receive training in the process of school-based decision making. New council members receive six hours of training. Returning members receive three hours.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the councils.