REQUIRED ORIENTATION COURSE:
New members to the School Committee are required under MGL Chapter
71, Section 36A to complete at least 8 hours of orientation covering
school committee responsibilities. This orientation is offered at no
charge to the school committee member by the Massachusetts Association
of School Committees and by other approved groups. New members’
expenses at these meetings will be reimbursed in accordance with
The certificate awarded to the participant at the completion of the
orientation must be filed with the Town Clerk for the town in which the
school committee member resides.
ORIENTATION MEETING WITH CHAIR AND SUPERINTENDENT:
As soon after election as possible, the School Committee Chair and
Superintendent will hold one or more orientation meetings with each
newly elected member to assist him/her in understanding the School
Committee's functions, policies and procedures. (See also Policy BBBB.)
In discussions with new members, the Chair and Superintendent will clarify policies and procedures that involve:
How a community member (parent, teacher, student, etc.) may make a
request of the Committee; appropriate responses/actions of an individual
School Committee member when a request or complaint concerning staff or
programs is presented directly to him/her.
How School Committee members may make arrangements to visit schools; and the protocol associated with such visits.
How the School Committee members, assigned certain tasks or
investigating certain problems, may request information or services of
the school staff.
How the School Committee receives and examines complaints relating to personnel.
How and why executive sessions may be held; what is considered
privileged information.How School Committee members handle confidential
Prior to the orientation meeting with the Chair and the
Superintendent, the Superintendent will provide each newly elected
member with the following materials:
- A copy of the School Committee Policy Manual
- A copy of the Open Meeting Law
- A copy of the Conflict of Interest Regulations
- A copy of the District’s budget
- Collective bargaining agreements and contracts
- Student and staff handbooks
- Any other materials the Chair and/or Superintendent determine to be necessary
Region Voted to Approve: 12/07/11
Amherst Voted to Approve:
Pelham Voted to Approve: