• Shared Decision Making Committee (SDMC) at Pershing

    2021-2022 Meeting Dates

    *All meetings are from 4:15 - 5:15

    September 28

    November 16

    January 11

    March 8

    May 10

    SDMC Members 2021-2022

    Name of SDMC Member

    Position - Term Expires

    Steven Shetzer                                            


    Samuel Hinman

    Classroom Teacher                            6/1/2021

    Christie Vaclavik

    Classroom Teacher                            6/1/2021

    Alberto Fernandez

    School-based Staff                            6/1/2022

    Frances Garner

    Non-Instructional Staff                      6/1/2022

    Casey Chamness

    Business Member                              6/1/2022

    Moya Varner                     

    Community Member                          6/1/2022

    Judy Long

    Community Member                          6/1/2023

    Linda Barcot

    Parent                                              6/1/2022

    Jessica Evans

    Parent                                              6/1/2022

    Rachel Green PTO Representative                           6/1/2022

    Sara Graur

    School-based staff                             6/1/2022

    David Burgan

    Classroom Teacher                            6/1/2023

    Lotus Hoey

    Classroom Teacher                            6/1/2022

    Claire Lorenz

    Classroom Teacher                            6/1/2022

    Meeting Dates Agendas and Minutes

     Date Agenda and Minutes

    September 2020













     2021-2022 Pershing School Improvement Plan


    Our campus Shared Decision-Making Model (SDM) is designed to establish, monitor, and evaluate goals for budgeting, staffing, curriculum, planning, school organization, staffing patterns, and staff development. This model is aligned to state legislation and HISD board policy. The intention of the SDMC is to pull together our community in a constructive, organized, and unified body to enhance the education of all students.

    The SDMC is the shared decision-making body. Professional staff representatives are elected by the faculty. Principal determines number of classroom teachers; then, assigns half that number to school-based staff. This complies with 2/3 - 1/3 rule for professional staff. In addition, the committee must have one non-instructional staff, one business member, at least two parents and at least two community members. Parents are elected by the PTO, PTA or PACS membership.

    The Council meets monthly and as needed to discuss issues brought forth by the administration, staff, parents, or community. It is supported by standing committees that address budgeting, staffing, curriculum, planning, school organization, staffing patterns, and staff development. Standing committees meet as needed. Parents are encouraged to serve on standing committees.

    The SDMC functions under the direction of the Principal. Members of the SDMC attend SDMC meetings for the term of his/her office, monitor the implementation of the School Improvement Plan, address issues presented by the principal, present issues for discussion and recommend resolutions to the SDMC, create ad hoc committees by consensus of the SDMC, chair standing committees and ad hoc committees, submit minutes to the principal for committee meetings, and report the recommendations to the SDMC. The SDMC is responsible for approving all professional development plans for the school.

    The Principal coordinates the process of shared decision making, facilitates communication for all stakeholders, considers issues and recommendations from the community, SDMC, and standing committees, and makes decisions based on those recommendations.

    Shared Decision Making Process

    Consensus is the ultimate goal of the SDMC. Agreement by all participants is not always possible or necessary for consensus. Consensus is a collective process that provides a forum for full dialogue on appropriate/applicable responses to issues.

    Members of the committees discuss and make recommendations to the SDMC. The SDMC reviews recommendations and reaches consensus. Sufficient consensus is defined as a willingness to settle an issue in favor of the majority. All points of view will be considered and general agreement must be reached before decisions will be implemented. If general agreement is not reached, further study of the issue will occur and alternatives will be presented until agreement is reached. After all alternatives have been explored, a deadlock can be broken by a majority vote. As issues come up for discussion, the chairperson is responsible for ensuring that all present have a legitimate opportunity to state their case. The principal retains the authority to exercise a veto over decisions made by the SDMC.

    Method of Communications

    Members of the school community may submit non-personnel issues for consideration through the shared decision-making process. Written issues or concerns are submitted to any SDMC member or placed in the SDMC box located in the main office. A school community member may attend a meeting of any committee to discuss or present an issue. All meetings are on the monthly calendar. The SDMC delivers issues to appropriate standing committees for action. Communications from all committees is transmitted to faculty, staff, and parents.              


    Membership Composition of the Shared Decision-Making Committee

     Criteria Number Criteria Number

    Number of Classroom Teachers


    Number of Parents (at least 2)


    Number of School-based Staff

    (Half the number of classroom teachers)


    Number of Community Members

    (at least 2)


    Number of Non-Instructional Staff


    Number of Business Members


    Number of Special Education Representatives