In accordance with the requirements of law, each newly elected or appointed Committee member is required to complete, within one year of election or appointment, at least eight hours of orientation training. This orientation will include, but is not limited to, a review of school finance, the Open Meeting Law, the Public Records Law, the Conflict of Interest Law, Special Education Law, collective bargaining, school leadership standards and evaluations, and the roles and responsibilities of Committee members.
The Committee and Superintendent will assist each new member in understanding the Committee’s functions, policies, and procedures as soon after election as possible. Each new member will be provided with, or directed to online access of, the following materials:
- The Committee’s Policy Manual
- Open Meeting Law
- Conflict of Interest Regulations
- The district’s budget
- Collective bargaining agreements and contracts
- Student and staff handbooks
- The district’s Strategic Plan and individual School Improvement Plans
- Access to IQM2 in order to access meeting packet documents
- A Committee member e-mail account
Each new member will also receive any other materials and training that the Chairman and/or the Superintendent deem necessary and will be partnered with a Committee mentor who will assist the new member in becoming familiar with Committee routines, practices, and protocols.
The Chairman and/or Superintendent will clarify policy regarding:
- Arranging visits to schools or administrative offices
- Requesting information regarding district operations
- Responding to community requests/complaints concerning staff or programs
- Handling confidential information
Whether appointed or elected, new members will be advised that they are members of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Inc. (MASC) and should be encouraged to access the services and resources provided by attending meetings or workshops specifically designed for new Committee members. Their expenses at these meetings or workshops will be reimbursed in accordance with established Committee policy.
MSC first vote: 8/20/13
MSC second vote: 8/27/13