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LSDMCs (Local School Decision Making Committees)

The LSDMC meetingLocal School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC) is the primary governing body for each school in Cincinnati Public Schools. This important committee gives insight and input into important decisions that impact students' lives and shape their educational experiences.

Role of Committee

LSDMC's functions:

  • Adopting bylaws, including the school's mission and vision
  • Setting measurable school goals, based on a needs assessment
  • Developing the school's OnePlan, a broad plan to implement the school's goals
  • Completing a midyear and end-of-year goal progress report
  • Making recommendations and approving the school's budget
  • Participating in the selection of a principal, when a vacancy exists
  • Approving locally initiated changes in the school's program or focus
  • Making recommendations to the principal regarding other school issues
  • Seeking grants to support the school's programs (optional)
  • Coordinating and overseeing the development of the school as a Community Learning Center


LSDMC ChartCPS Board policy governs LSDMC membership and gives proportional representation to all stakeholder groups.

Membership is comprised of four major constituencies, with a minimum of 12 members. The number of core members may increase but should remain proportional. Members are asked to serve two-year terms.

LSDMC membership groups:

  • Three parents selected by the parent group
  • Three community members
  • Three teachers selected by the Instructional Learning Committee (ILC)
  • Three non-teaching staff including the principal, with the other two selected by their representative groups

Optional members may include a student or a representative of a Partner in Education. 


One annual meeting is required to review the purpose of the LSDMC and the school's OnePlan. It is recommended that the LSDMC meet monthly during the school year. All meetings are held at the schools and are open to the public.

Each LSDMC elects officers, including a chairperson and a recorder. It is recommended that Robert's Rules of Order be used to conduct business during the meetings. A quorum of the group's membership is required to be present before decisions are made.

Training and Support

Training is provided to LSDMC members to help with their duties. In addition, a LSDMC Manual gives information on the committee and how it functions, as well as detailed data about the needs-assessment process.

Districtwide LSDMC meetings are held quarterly each school year to provide information about recent district initiatives.

Board Policy - LSDMCs

Community Involvement

LSDMC Manual

LSDMC Manual Download


Glossary of Terms (revised 8/2015)

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