Principal Advisory Council


A council functions as an advisory body, offering input to the local school principal.

The District believes family and community engagement is critical to student and district success. The establishment of Principal Advisory Councils is intended to provide a means by which parents, community members, and school staff can work together to create a better understanding of and mutual respect for each other’s concerns and share ideas for school improvement.

Council Membership

  1. Two staff members (one being the current Teacher of the Year)
  2. Two parents (one being the current PTSA president)
  3. Two members of the community (one being a Partner in Education representative)
  4. In the case of high schools, the president of the student government organization or senior class president

2022-23 Members

  • Kendra Brooks- Principal
  • Ariel Starke- Parent and Community Member
  • Bethany McCarthy- Parent and Community Member
  • Taral Patel- Parent
  • Erin Fleming- Parent
  • Vidya Anderson- Parent
  • Shannon Wise- Instructional Support
  • Carey Callahan- Assistant Principal
  • Christina Mills- Assistant Principal
  • Melanie Hilliard- Teacher of the Year


SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. The purpose of a SWOT analysis is to objectively review important factors relevant to school improvement. A SWOT analysis allows us to hear the voice of our community and staff for better decision making focused on maintaining Murdock excellence. 

Click the attachment below to view the SWOT Assessment completed by the Principal's Advisory Council and the Murdock Staff. 

SWOT Analysis.pdf


  • CCSD will begin work during spring break and summer vacation to repair plumbing issues.
  • CCSD has provided plans to create a double carpool line to relieve congestion on Murdock Road. (Anticipated construction this summer)
  • CCSD has released a plan to provide a laptop cart to all elementary classrooms to be used by students. (Dates TBA)
  • CCSD has raised the pay for substitutes allowing us to secure subs more consistently. 
  • Murdock staff continues to focus of John Hattie's research identifying instructional strategies that have the greatest effect on student achievement.
  • Admin has looked at CTLS analytics to better assess our communication. A communication assessment will be conducted.


Murdock Elementary understands that communication is a pillar of success for the school. This review combines perspectives from Murdock families, teachers, and staff members. The goal of this review is to better understand needs related to school communication for continuous growth and improvement. 

* The committee reviewed CTLS analytics revealing that 98% of Murdock families are effectively reached through posts. As a result, CTLS will continue to be a primary means of communication.

Click the attachment below to view the SWOT Assessment completed by the Principal's Advisory Council and the Murdock Staff. 

Murdock Communication Review.pdf