The Amherst, Pelham, and Amherst-Pelham School Committees, as
organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, have all
powers conferred upon them by state law and must perform those duties
mandated by the state. Whatever powers and authority the School
Committee has, it has as a unit, acting in formal session.
According to Chapter 71, Sections 37 and 59 of the General Laws of Massachusetts, the School Committee:
- shall have the power to select and to terminate the superintendent, and fix his compensation,
- shall establish and appoint positions of assistant or associate
superintendents (upon recommendation of the superintendent) and
shall fix their compensation,
- shall review and approve budgets for public education in the district, and
- shall establish educational goals and policies for the schools in
the district consistent with the requirements of law and statewide
goals and standards established by the board of education.
The School Committee takes a broad view of its functions and duties, which include the following:
- Policymaking or Legislative. The Committee is responsible for the
development of policy as guides for administrative action. The
Committee is responsible for employing a Superintendent who will
implement its policies and who will be responsible for the effective
administration and supervision of the school system.
- Evaluation and Appraisal. The Committee is responsible for
evaluating the effectiveness of its policies and their implementation.
The Committee will request of the Superintendent such reports and
presentations as are deemed necessary to determine both the manner in
which policies have been administered and the appropriateness of the
- Provision of Financial Resources. The Committee is responsible for
adoption of a fiscally responsible annual budget that will enable the
school system to carry out the Committee’s policies and to meet the
students’ educational needs. The Superintendent will submit a budget
according to a time-line approved by the School Committee. The Committee
will exercise general supervision over the finances of the school
system in keeping with regular budgetary procedures.
- Public Relations. The Committee is responsible, with the
administration, to maintain effective communication with the public to
keep the community informed about the purposes, needs, and programs of
the schools. The Committee is responsible for providing adequate and
direct means for keeping itself informed about the needs and wishes of
- Education. The Committee is responsible for establishing policies
and for reviewing and approving the educational goals and objectives of
the district. The policies, goals and objectives will guide the staff
and administration in striving for continuing improvement of the
educational programs of the district.
- Superintendent Evaluation. The Committee is responsible for
evaluating the performance of the Superintendent. The evaluation will
be done annually by the entire Committee.
Region Voted to Approve: 12/2/08
Amherst Voted to Approve: 12/2/08
Pelham Voted to Approve: 12/4/08
Effective Date: 12/4/08