School Accountability Committee

The state of Colorado requires each school to have a School Accountability Committee (SAC) consisting of parents, teachers, and community members charged with advising the administration on the improvement of the school. The SAC is tasked with informing, encouraging, and providing opportunities for parent and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes. The SAC reports to the principal and participates in the District Accountability Committee (DAC). SAC also serves as a sounding board for community concerns.

To achieve these goals throughout the year the SAC members will:

  • Review every policy and procedure at BFA and make recommendations to the Board
  • Review Standardized Assessment Data with school administration – identify areas of needed growth
  • Review the schools Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) developed by the school administration to address needed areas of growth
  • Participate in monthly District Accountability Committee (DAC) Meetings with the Douglas County School District
  • Administer Parent Satisfaction Surveys – report results and SAC recommendations to the Board
  • Administer Student Satisfaction Surveys – report results and SAC recommendations to the Board

All meetings are open to the public and publicized beforehand.  We encourage parents and other community members to attend. The list of committee members can be found using the link below. To reach the committee chair, please email sac@bfacademy.org. Our upcoming meeting dates can be found under the Parents Tab School Calendar.

Committee Documents

Bylaws

For a copy of the SAC Bylaws click here.

Committee Members

    Betsy Brown

    Chair

        Erika Kranz

        Vice Chair

            James Lidstone

            DAC Liaison

                Amanda Deutsch

                Parent at Large

                    Jen Hollingshead

                    Recorder

                        Greg Todd

                        Parent at Large

                            Allie Ciardullo

                            Teacher Representative

                            Email

                            Ms. Ciardullo is so excited to teach third grade! This will be her second year teaching at Ben Franklin Academy. Ms. Ciardullo holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. She is a Colorado native and grew up in Parker. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves to be outside, travel to the beach or watch baseball. Ms. Ciardullo truly enjoys each day with her students and feels so fortunate to have a job that she absolutely loves. Her goal is to ensure each student has a memorable third grade year; full of laughter, learning and fun!

                            Faculty Favorites

                                Megan Mares

                                Teacher Representative

                                 
                                Megan is extremely excited to continue her teaching career as a sixth grade teacher at Ben Franklin Academy. She graduated from Western State Colorado University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse education endorsement. Additionally, Megan has acquired a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. 
                                 
                                As a Colorado native, Highlands Ranch has always been home to Megan as she has grown up in the Douglas County School District. She loves being able to teach in the community where she was raised and loves being part of the BFA family. 
                                 
                                Family, friends, and sports keep Megan extremely busy! On the weekends she can be found coaching a competitive softball team or watching the Colorado sports teams play. She likes to watch movies, hang with friends, spend time with her dog, and soak up the sun in her free time. 

                                    Candace McGinty

                                    Candace has been teaching more than 14 years now. Candace received her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Candace taught third grade in Clyde, Texas and later moved to Aurora, Colorado to teach first, second, and third grades. In 1993, Candace had her first child and decided to be a stay-at-home mom. She went back to teaching after raising her children. 

                                    Candace earned an endorsement in Literacy from Colorado College. She uses it to reinforce literacy for her Kindergarten students.  Candace has been teaching first grade at Ben Franklin Academy for 10 years.   She is now teaching our sweet Kindergarten students.   She truly loves the students and families at BFA. She is heavily invested in the Core Knowledge curriculum, given that her own two children attended a Core Knowledge charter school. 

                                    Candace lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband Scott of 28 years and a cute wiener dog named Wilson. She has a son, Preston, who is pursuing a nursing degree  and a daughter, Monica, who teaches elementary school in the Denver area.   She enjoys cooking, reading and crafting in her spare time.

                                    Candace truly loves the BFA community and can’t wait to meet her new class of Kindergarteners!

                                    Faculty Favorites
                                      Agendas / Minutes

                                      2022-23 Agendas and Minutes

                                      SAC Agendas 2022-23

                                      SAC Minutes 2022-23

                                      2021-22 Agendas and Minutes

                                      Agenda Link

                                      Minutes Link

                                      SAC Survey Results

                                      Click here for the 2021-22 Parent Satisfaction Survey Results.