Campus Governance

What is Campus Governance?

Did you know that more than half of all schools throughout the city are co-located on campuses with other schools and programs?

Sharing facilities requires collaboration and flexibility.  The Co-Location Handbook provides many best practice examples for effective and efficient management of school campus. 

When campuses are managed effectively, student achievement improves and members of the school community are more satisfied.

There are three governance structures that guide decisions on campuses:

Building Council (BC)
Building Councils (BC) are where NYCDOE principals, charter and D75 school leaders share administrative responsibility and accountability for building a safe, coherent campus culture for the Chancellor’s Regulation A-655 they serve. The Campus Policy Memo provides direction to BCs.

Shared Space Committee (SSC)
Shared Space Committees (SSC) are where parents, teachers and principals serve as reviewers of the building utilization plan, which defines co-located space and the use of that space on the campus. Chancellor’s Regulation A-190 gives direction to SSCs.

School Leadership Team (SLT)
School Leadership Teams (SLT) are where parents, teachers, and principals assist in the evaluation and assessment of a school’s educational programs and their affect on student achievement. In campuses that house multiple schools, the SLTs are encouraged to meet at least twice a year to discuss issues of mutual concern. Chancellor’s Regulation A-655 gives direction to SLTs. 

All three governance structures call for:

  • Consensus decisions
  • Representative leadership
  • Aligned fiscal and space resources
  • Shared vision and goals

All questions concerning campus governance matters should be directed to

Building Council Updates

The Campus Audit template has been merged with the Annual Facilities Survey into a new online tool called the Principal Annual Space Survey (PASS). The survey is to be completed collaboratively with all campus principals. All Building Councils are also required to host 12 Building Council minutes between August and July of the following year and regularly upload their minutes to the PASS system. (Chancellor's Regulation A-190)

Shared Space Committee Updates 

All campuses with co-located existing charters must establish a Shared Space Committee with parent, teacher and principal representatives from each DOE school and charter co-located on the campus. The SLT recommends teachers and parents for DOE schools; charter leaders recommend teachers and parents for charter schools. Four SSC meetings must be held annually in order to comply with A-190 regulations. Minutes must be uploaded to the Principal Annual Space Survey (PASS) system. (Chancellor's Regulation A-190)

School Leadership Team Updates

School Leadership Teams must send up-to-date member contact info to their District DLT, reach consensus agreement on the alignment of the school-based budget and the CEP, complete the annual assessment of the principal’s record of shared decision-making with the SLT, address parent grievances and disputes regarding the principal’s decisions that are inconsistent with school’s CEP goals  to the superintendent. (Chancellor's Regulation A-655)