Community Advisory Team (CAT)
Elementary, Middle, and High School


2010/2011 CAT Team Roster (PDF format)


MS CAT Meeting Minutes



General Guidelines


There will be three teams, one each for the Elementary School, Middle School and High School.  The primary purpose of each CAT is to provide principals with advice and counsel on current and long-range issues while working together collaboratively toward a shared vision of a desired future for the school.

General Assumptions:

The Community Advisory Team

  1. Is an advisory not a governing body
  2. Is a forum for addressing general concerns and issues, not those problems of individual families or students.
  3. Will consider the perspectives of parents, teachers, staff, and most importantly, students in resolving issues and setting direction for the school.
  4. Is led by the principal, who is accountable for the school and team’s success and therefore, has the authority to determine how decisions will be made.
  5. Members possess no more authority or rights than do teachers or parents.  Their authority is exercised only while the team is convened.

Team Membership:

Members serve a nine-month term coinciding with the current school year, September to June.

No member shall participate in more than one CAT per year.  Members may not serve on a CAT for more than two consecutive years (excluding principals).  The principal and the PTO Liaison may make exception as conditions dictate.

All teams will be made up of the principal(s), a selection of faculty and parents, and the PTO Liaison.  Each team’s goal is to represent as many classes as possible in membership of both faculty and parents while striving to keep the group to a manageable size and maintain continuity.

The previous year’s CAT will decide the following team’s specific size before the beginning of the school year.

In May, the members of the CAT for the following year will be selected.  Parents apply to the CAT through a self-referral system.  The outgoing and incoming CAT will meet prior to the end of the school year.

The principal will ask for volunteers of faculty or appoint at their own discretion.

Alternates will be chosen for each parent in the case that a parent must step down from his/her obligation.

If a member of the team misses two CAT meetings they may be asked to relinquish their position to the alternate.  If no alternate is available at a given point in time, the current group may choose whether or not to install another person or to continue to operate short one member.


  1. The principal will facilitate the meeting.
  2. Each CAT meets at least once a month.
  3. Meetings begin and end in a timely manner.
  4. The members of each CAT will form an initial agenda of critical topics at the beginning of the year.
  5. Members must contact the principal if they are unable to attend a meeting. 
  6. The administration will provide a training session for each CAT in the fall, scheduling permitting, prior to the first meeting of each CAT.
  7. Each CAT will conduct a mid year and end of year assessment.




  1. Along with the PTO liaison, the principal shall choose the first meeting date and time to be conducive to involvement by any parent or faculty.  The first meeting should take place soon after the combined CAT meeting held in September. 
  2. The principal along with the liaison determines the size and representation of the CAT makeup in the spring of the year prior to the active year. The make up is determined through the applicant self-referral system.
  3. The principal chooses the CAT faculty either by asking for volunteers or appointing the positions.
  4. The principal provides the agenda.  He/She solicits input from the CAT members in preparing the agenda.
  5. The principal brings to the agenda any items or new ideas that may be of issue with parents or students.
  6. The principal brings back to the group the outcome of issues previously discussed in CAT meetings.  The principal will detail why a decision was made, especially if the decision is contrary to the CAT suggestion.
  7. Principal will publish minutes of the meetings.


  • Parent members bring forward to CAT issues of concern to parents.
  • Parent members enable fair discussion of an issue amongst their peers by bringing forward viewpoints of the school and CAT.
  • Parent members may not use the CAT as a forum for voicing personal or specific problems for a particular child.
  • Parent members attend Principal Forums in order to lend support and stimulate overall understanding of an issue from the CAT perspective.


  1. Liaisons are obliged to share with the PTO at Board meetings the highlights raised at CAT meetings.
  2. Liaisons share CAT meeting minutes with the other CAC/CATs and PTO Secretary.
  3. Liaisons confirm that CAT minutes are prominently displayed at the front gate bulletin board, and in faculty lounges, and any other predetermined locations on campus.
  4. Liaison advises the principal in the selection of members for the next year’s CAT using the self-referral system.
  5. Liaisons may suggest to the PTO Nominating Committee possible suggestions for a successor before the end of the academic year.


  • Faculty members enable fair discussion with their peers by bringing forward viewpoints of the school and CAT.



  1. The Principal and each CAT is responsible for a self-evaluation at the mid year point and the end of the year.