The Committee has its powers conferred upon it by state law and must perform those duties mandated by the state, including the responsibility and right to determine district policies and practices as well as to employ district staff to implement its guidelines relative to the appropriate education of the district’s students. The Committee may have additional powers and duties conferred on it by City Charter, by ordinance or otherwise, although those powers and duties will not be inconsistent with the granting of powers by Massachusetts General Laws.
The Committee takes a broad view of its functions as follows:
- Policy-making. Establishing policies that guide the Committee in its administrative actions and employing a Superintendent who will implement its policies in the interest of implementing and maintaining a high-quality cycle of educational improvement.
- Appraisal. Evaluating the effectiveness of its policies and their implementation.
- Provision of financial resources. Adopting a budget that will enable the Superintendent to carry out the Committee’s policies.
- Communication. Providing adequate and direct means for keeping the community informed about the schools and for keeping itself and the staff informed about the needs and wishes of the community.
MSC first vote: 8/20/13
MSC second vote: 8/27/13