AMHERST-PELHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL COMMITTEE
AMHERST SCHOOL COMMITTEE
PELHAM SCHOOL COMMITTEE
170 CHESTNUT STREET
The School Committee encourages parents and other interested citizens
to attend its public meetings. The Regional School Committee is
responsible for the operations of the Middle School and High School,
Grades 7 – 12, which serve students from the Towns of Amherst, Pelham,
Leverett, and Shutesbury. The Regional School Committee generally meets
on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the High
School library. The Amherst School Committee, which meets on the third
Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the High School library, is
responsible for the operations of the four elementary schools in
Amherst: CrockerFarmSchool, FortRiverSchool, Mark’s MeadowSchool, and
WildwoodSchool. The Pelham School Committee is responsible for the
operations of the PelhamElementary School and meets in the
PelhamCommunityBuilding at 7:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month.
School Committee Function
The Committee represents the entire community and establishes
educational goals and policies for the operation of the school system.
In addition, the School Committee reviews and approves budgets; is the
employer for collective bargaining; and selects, appoints, and evaluates
the Superintendent. The Committee reaches decisions by majority vote.
The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 set strict legal limits
on the roles, responsibilities, and power of a School Committee.
A printed agenda is followed at each meeting. The agenda is prepared
during the week prior to each meeting and is designed to allow a
reasonable and specified time on each item for presentations to the
Committee, Committee discussion and action, and for public comments. A
period of time (Announcements and Public Comment) is allocated at the
beginning of the meeting for comments on matters not on the agenda. In
addition to information received at a meeting, the Committee receives
reports, requests and suggestions from staff members, individual
citizens, or representatives of delegations. The Superintendent of
Schools, or his/her representative, presents the school administrative
recommendation on any item requiring action. For agenda items, the
protocol is for the Superintendent to present an item. Following this,
members of the School Committee may comment on the item. Finally, the
Committee Chair will recognize members of the staff or public who wish
to comment, if time permits. Persons who wish to speak to the Committee
are requested to identify themselves, to limit their comments to a
maximum of five minutes, and to speak only once on an item. The
Committee Chair will remind persons of time constraints as the meeting
progresses. Agenda items have been selected and arranged in a manner to
provide time for reasonable consideration and action on all items and
to provide for adjournment no later than 10:00 p.m. At times,
discussion may be limited to members of the Committee in order to
transact business. Under the State’s open meeting law, all School
Committee meetings are open to the public, except for Executive
Sessions. A public forum on a specific topic may be scheduled by the
School Committee to allow the Committee to hear community members’
views, concerns, and questions about that issue.
Parents and community members who are not native English speakers and
would like to utilize the services of a translator in addressing the
Committee should notify the Superintendent’s office a few days prior to
the meeting so that such services can be secured.
Any person wishing to have an item placed on the Committee agenda
should present the item to the Superintendent of Schools or the
Committee Chair at least one week before the date of the next regularly
scheduled meeting. The Committee Chair will schedule the item on the
School Committee’s next agenda if time is available or will refer the
item to an administrator, who can respond directly to the item.
Submission of written statements of explanation or support for any
agenda item is encouraged. Such statements are helpful to the Committee
as they consider the issues involved.
Concerns, problems, and complaints about the schools first should be
brought to the attention of a teacher (or appropriate school
personnel). School Committee members may be contacted for information
about the school district’s policies, and they can suggest the
appropriate person to contact with a specific problem or complaint. If
the issue is not resolved, it should be referred next to the Principal.
If necessary, the issue then can be referred to the Superintendent.