The School Leadership Team (SLT) is separate from the PTA.  It is our school-based group that works together to determine the school’s educational direction. The SLT is made up of representatives from the Parents, School Administration, Staff, Teachers and students.  They meet at least once a month and determine the structure for school-based planning and shared decision-making. The core responsibility of the SLT is to develop and review the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

Together, this team works collaboratively to make decisions regarding the school’s educational programs and their impact on student achievement. SLTs are strongly encouraged to solicit input from various school community constituencies in order to ensure that all voices are heard regarding the needs of students.


Who is on the SLT?

The SLT is comprised of the Principal, a PTA representative, a College Student Rep, a HS student rep, 3 teachers or faculty and 4 additional parent representatives.

Other than Principal Valeri Thomson and PTA representative Priscilla Cheeks, no other members have been appointed, elected or announced.

How is the SLT governed?

By its bylaws, which you can read here

Why would I want to know about the discussions and decisions being made at the SLT meetings?

The SLT makes decisions that will directly impact your child’s education at BHSEC Queens.

How do I give my concerns to the SLT?

You may seek out a parent representative on the SLT to voice your concerns.  Staff and Faculty may seek out their  representatives on the SLT to voice your concerns or to ask for a topic to be added to the agenda.

The SLT does not discuss individual students or teachers at their meetings. The SLT discusses the broader issues of the educational programs at BHSEC Queens and any other concerns associated with the CEP.

How do I join the SLT?

Parent members of an SLT are nominated by themselves or other members of the PTA.  Nominations and an election for the parent representative positions are generally held in May.  The teachers and staff elect their own representatives in a separate election.  Students hold yearly elections for their representatives – one representative for grades 9 and 10 and one representative for Year 1 and Year 2.

Why is there an SLT, other than it is a good idea?

Under State Education Law, Section 2590, all New York City public schools are required to establish School Leadership Teams. SLTs must comply with the current Chancellor’s Regulation A–655.

May I attend my school’s SLT meetings? When are the meetings?

All SLT meetings are open and non-SLT members are welcome to attend and observe.  Meetings are held monthly on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 7:00 in room 621 at BHSEC Queens.