One of the very first steps in the curriculum development process is to establish an Academic Leadership Council (ALC), which is a representative group of district personnel and a board member that advises the Board of Education, through the Superintendent, in matters concerning curriculum, instruction and assessment. All professional decisions pertaining to curriculum, instruction and assessment must be reviewed and approved by the ALC before recommendation. This means the ALC also serves as a communication link among the certified staff, Superintendent and Board of Education, and promotes and encourages communication among buildings and levels within the district. The ALC directs the work of all Subject Area Committees (SAC) and appoints and directs any other committees necessary for the development, implementation and long-term evaluation of curriculum, instruction and assessment. The ALC does not make managerial decisions related to buildings, personnel, budgets or other agenda items reserved for the administrative team, building principals or site councils.