The Student Advisory Council (SAC) is made up of two representatives from grades six through 12. The students were selected by their teachers and peers for their citizenship and leadership.
The SAC is new this year. The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) has been around a few years and has changed a bit year to year.
ATISD has not had a PTA or PTO for many years. The PAC serves in an advisory capacity to the principal, has no officers, just workers, and does not engage in fund raising activities.
This year the PAC consisted of those parents who attended the ATISD Parent Information Night Sept. 8. The district is a Title I School and is required to provide information about federal programs and the campus improvement process. Another community meeting will be held in the Spring.
ATHS has been without a student council for several years. The SAC group will also serve in an advisory capacity but from a student perspective. The SAC will also have no officers.
Principal Maldonado will meet with the students at the end of each six-weeks grading period to discuss issues and concerns. The SAC will be instrumental in helping the principal address thorny issues such as dress code, student handbook details and other such matters important to students and their families.
The advantage Maldonado has is that he’s known these students since kindergarten.
“My parents are supportive and are not bashful about expressing themselves inside or outside the PAC, and I welcome their input,” said Maldonado. “I believe the organizing of the student group will be a good thing. Our students need an opportunity to put their education to work,” he concluded.