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What is SBDM and how can I be involved?

The Site Based Decision Making Committee (SBDM) is an advisory committee made up of faculty, staff, parents and community members. SBDM advises and assists the Principal on decisions about many things happening at Mata, including academic, social and community issues.

There are several ways to participate:

Attend meetings! All SBDM meetings are open to observers. SBDM meeting dates for 2017-18 are: August 15, 2017, Sept. 26, 2017, Oct. 24, 2017, Nov. 28, 2017; Jan. 30, 2018; Feb. 27, 2018, April 24, 2018 (Elections for 2018-19 committee), and May 28, 2018. Anyone is welcome to attend an SBDM main committee meeting, unless it has been declared a ‘closed meeting’. However, non-committee member attendees may not speak at the meeting, unless they have contacted the Mata front office 24 hours in advance of the meeting to be officially placed on the agenda. We ask that you limit your comments to just a few minutes.

All meetings are from 5pm to 6pm in the Mata library.

Serve on a sub-committee! Mata’s four sub- committees have “open enrollment.” Subcommittees are working groups and all interested parents are encouraged to participate and serve on a Sub-Committee. You do not need to be a member of the main committee to serve on a sub-committee. If you have an interest in serving on a sub-committee, please contact the Chair of that committee at the contact information below to find out when these meetings take place and for more information.

  1. School Health (required) Chair, Coach Boyd

Broadly defined, “catchall” committee; we will flexibly choose focus areas that emerge from our community. Focus areas in 17-18 will include dyslexia & other reading interventions, and Spanish translations & other outreach & community building.

  1. Middle School (ad hoc) Chair,Tomeka Williams,

Will collaborate with school & district leaders to ensure roll out of 6th, 7th & 8th grades at Mata. 

Learn more about Mata’s plans for middle school below:

  1. Dual Language (ad hoc) Chair, Ana Menendez,

Staff & parents collaborate to support & improve dual language instruction at Mata; may include, Spanish language Montessori materials, aligning to TX standards, working with other exemplar sites.

  1. Evaluation and Modification (campus improvement) Chair, Kimberly St Amant,

Will focus primarily on Montessori implementation, applied to all students: includes the essential elements assessment, progress reporting & grading.

Serve on the main committee! Elections for new members will take place in April 24, 2018. These members will be on SBDM for the 2018-19 school year. Consider submitting your name or nominating other Mata parents or community members.


SBDM Chair: Lucy Arnold

SBDM Co-Chair: Kimberly St. Amant

SBDM Secretary: Jeannot Jonte Boucher

Time Keeper: Sherri Fetter