School Site Council (SSC) and District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The School Site Council (SSC) is a representative body, comprised of elected or volunteer members who represent parents, students, faculty, staff and the local community. School Site Council composition, functioning and responsibilities will follow regulations established by the California Department of Education. The School Site Council will work with school leadership to discuss, develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets. The members of the Council are elected by their peers. For example, parents elect the parent representatives and teachers elect teachers.  
Each California public school district with 51 or more English learners must form a District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) unless the district designates for this purpose a subcommittee of an existing districtwide advisory committee.
Responsibilities of the DELAC
The DELAC shall advise the school district governing board on at least the following tasks:
  1. Development of a district master plan for education programs and services for English learners. The district master plan will take into consideration the school site master plans.
  2. Conducting a district-wide needs assessment on a school-by-school basis.
  3. Establishment of district program, goals, and objectives for programs and services for English learners.
  4. Development of a plan to ensure compliance with any applicable teacher and/or teacher aide requirements.
  5. Review and comment on the school district reclassification procedures.
  6. Review and comment on the written notifications required to be sent to parents and guardians.
  7. If the DELAC acts as the English learner parent advisory committee under California Education Code Sections 52063(b)(1) and 52062(a)(2), the DELAC shall also review and comment on the development or annual update of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)
From the California Department of Education website:
Meet the Committee Members
*update in progress*
Melissa de Silva
Melissa de Silva
SSC President & Parent
My name is Melissa de Silva, and I am thrilled to be a part of the Pathways to College K8 School Site Council. It's a wonderful opportunity to work together towards our shared goals. I am honored to have been nominated and accepted the role of president in the fall of 2022. In the past, I had the pleasure of being a fellow Bobcat at PTC, where I worked in the front office while pursuing my undergraduate studies. During that time, I experienced significant life events, including getting engaged, married, and pregnant with my first son, who is now a student here at PTC! Since my days on the PTC staff, I have completed a Master’s Degree in Special Education, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. Although I was on the path to becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, that journey was temporarily paused when we found out about our second baby. Presently, I am serving as an Intervention Specialist on the Autism Committee at Desert Mountain SELPA/CAHELP. I am excited, fully committed, and look forward to collaborating with the rest of the council to support our students and community.
Mario Linarte
Mario Linarte
SSC Vice President & Parent
My name is Mario Linarte. I have spent my entire career in a leadership role for the private sector. I have a passion for education and training, running a business, and giving back to the community. Balancing family, work, and school has allowed me to achieve a Master’s Degree in Human Resources. I am a proud father, and all of my children have attended PWTC. My oldest son now attends college. I strongly believe that you must keep moving and growing mentally and physically, like a river’s water, you must keep flowing. 
Samantha Colin
SSC Secretary & Parent
Josephina Rojas
Josephina Rojas
Member & Teacher (Bilingual: Spanish)
Nicholas Paluzzi
Nicholas Paluzzi
Member & Teacher
Craig Merrill
Craig Merrill
Administrative Member & Executive Director/Principal
School Site Council / DELAC Meeting Calendar
2023/2024 Meeting Agendas
2023/2024 Meeting Minutes
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