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School Improvement Team (SIT)

Often there is confusion over the PTA and the SIT. The PTA’s mission is to improve the educational opportunities for both students and teachers, and contribute to the general welfare of Northside families by raising funds to augment the school budget. The PTA also advocates for the school when educational issues arise at the city and state level. 

The Northside Elementary School Improvement Team (SIT) is a state-mandated organization composed of elected Northside staff and parents. The group’s purpose is to develop a school improvement plan to strengthen student performance.

The North Carolina General Assembly requires schools across the state to write a School Improvement Plan (SIP), an outline of goals for improvement as well as strategies for reaching these goals. Each spring, all schools in the district report their progress toward their School Improvement Plan goals. The SIT reviews materials to help develop the plan and status reports.

In addition to this responsibility, the SIT functions as an advisory group to Northside’s leadership and may provide input on issues such as school programs, philosophy, climate, and safety.

SITs from all schools in the district serve as counsel to the district and the Board of Education. SIT members frequently attend or monitor Board meetings to advocate for Northside and to report back to Northside’s leadership and parents on issues that affect us.

The SIT is responsible for the following:
  • Helping to develop the School Improvement Plan.
  • Adopting and disseminating an annual school report.
  • Approving the school budget as presented by the principal.
  • Soliciting input and hearing concerns of constituents about school programs and student life
  • Providing counsel to the school board.
  • Working with District HR should a new principal hire be required.
  • Making decisions on major, policy-level issues that impact the school's philosophy, programs, personnel and students.
  • Advocating for programs and funding in order to provide the students and staff what is needed to fulfill the School Improvement Plan.
The Northside SIT is composed of five parents, four staff members (one K-2 teacher, one 3-5 teacher, one specialist and one classified staff member – elected by their respective faculty/staff), and the school’s principal and assistant principal. Elected members serve a two-year term and attend monthly meetings. Northside meetings are held on one Tuesday of each month (see the school’s website/calendar for exact dates) at 5:30 p.m, typically in the media center. All meetings are open to the public and begin with an opportunity for public remarks. You can also email concerns to the co-chairs of the SIT (email addresses listed below) to be read into the record at any meeting.

Team Members
Coretta SharplessPrincipal
Kim Fearrington, Assistant Principal
Tequila PowellTeacher and co-Chair, elected 2nd term 2016, term ends 2018
Cathy Musci, Teacher, elected 2016, term ends 2018
Jen Pederson, Teacher, elected 2016, term ends 2018
Allison Crawford, Parent and co-Chair elected 2015, term ends 2017
Rebecca Essinger Bosworth, Parent, elected 2016, term ends 2018
John French, Parent, elected 2016, term ends 2018
Ali MillerParent, elected 2015, term ends 2017
Elese Stutts, Parent, elected 2016, term ends 2018
Teacher Assistant, open


Meeting Schedule
  • August 22 5:30 PM
  • September 19 9:00 AM
  • October 10 5:30 PM
  • November 14 9:00 AM
  • December 12 5:30 PM
  • January 16 8:00 AM
  • February 13 5:30 PM
  • March 20 9:00 AM
  • April 10 5:30 PM
  • May 15 9:00 AM

School Improvement Plan (SIP)


School Improvement Team Meeting Agendas & Minutes