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 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 Our upcoming meeting dates can be found under the Parents Tab School Calendar.

Committee Documents


For a copy of the SAC Bylaws click here.

Committee Members

    Betsy Brown


        Erika Kranz

        Vice Chair

            James Lidstone

            DAC Liaison

                Amanda Deutsch

                Parent at Large

                    Jen Hollingshead


                        Greg Todd

                        Parent at Large

                            Megan Mares

                            Teacher Representative

                            Megan is extremely excited to continue her teaching career as a fourth 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 grew up in the Douglas County School District herself. She loves teaching in the community where she was raised and being part of the BFA family. Family, friends, and sports keep Megan extremely busy! On the weekends she can be found coaching, watching, or playing sports. She likes to watch movies, hang out with friends, spend time with her dog, and soak up the sun in her free time.

                                Candace McGinty

                                Candace has been teaching more than 15 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 a Master’s degree in Reading and an endorsement as a reading specialist at Regis University. She uses it to reinforce literacy for her Kindergarten students.  Candace has been teaching first grade at Ben Franklin Academy for 11 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 34 years and two cute wiener dogs named Dot & Dash. She has a son, Preston, who is pursuing a nursing degree  and a daughter, Monica, who teaches kindergarten at BFA.  She enjoys traveling, 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

                                  2023-24 Agendas and Minutes

                                  SAC Agendas 2023-24

                                  SAC Minutes 2023-24

                                  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 2022-2023 Parent Satisfaction Survey Results.