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Leverett School Committee
School Committee meetings are held at 6:00pm on the first Monday of every month in the school library and are open to everyone who wants to attend.
To improve education for our students, Union #28 invites you to take this short, seven question survey to better serve the member towns and School Committees of Erving, Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury and Wendell. We thank you in advance for your time and participation. Below you will find the link to that survey. You can also find it in a paper format at various locations in your community (e.g. elementary school, Post Office, Town Hall, library). The survey closes on March 9th.
Creation and Charge of The Leverett Education Study Group, jointly appointed by the Leverett Select Board and the Leverett School Committee
Following the recommendation of the June 29th 2010 Report of the 4-town Regionalization Study Committee, the Leverett Education Study Committee is hereby formed to study the past, current and future educational experience of Leverett's K-12th grade students. This study is being conducted to develop a plan for preserving the excellence of educational opportunities in the face of increasing fiscal constraints, changing demographics, technological innovation, and possible external pressures for governance changes in the near future. With community input, the committee will develop a document that will be used to guide future decisions with respect to organizational configuration with a clear mechanism for ongoing reflection and evaluation.
The study committee is convened and appointed jointly by the School Committee and the Selectboard.
The membership is to consist of:
- 1 Leverett Selectboard member
- 1 Leverett Finance Committee member
- 2 Leverett School Committee members
- 2 parents of students currently in the Leverett or Amherst-Pelham Regional schools
- 2 members of the community at large
The charge of the commitee is as follows:
- 1. Identify and clarify current and future goals for the Town of Leverett and its residents regarding:/
a. The delivery of high quality educational services and educational outcomes for Leverett's school-aged children.
b. The financing of education for Leverett's school-aged children.
c. The governance of the educational system.
d. The capacity to provide sustainable leadership and oversight of the educational system.
- 2. Design and conduct a survey seeking broad participation of Leverett residents informing the work of the Study Group.
- 3. Draft a Philosophy Statement regarding the education of Leverett's children and, in time for the Spring 2011 Town Meeting, recommend a plan that can best achieve the desired goals.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETINGS
The School Committee welcomes everyone to its meetings. All regular and special meetings of the School Committee shall be open to the public and shall conform to the Open Meeting Law. Executive sessions are closed to the public and will be held only as prescribed by the statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are your elected officials. The Leverett School Committee serves as a representative for the community that includes students, their families, residents of Leverett, and the staff at school. The School Committee believes that community participation is important and vital to its understanding of the programs and operations of our schools and for the health of the educational community. Therefore, we will take steps to inform and to listen.
During its meetings, we will strive to find a balance between hearing from members of the community and conducting the required business. In order to achieve this objective, the following rules and procedures are established for School Committee meetings:
1. At the start of each regularly scheduled School Committee meeting, individuals, or group representatives will be invited to address the Committee during the Public Comment period. Public Hearing is the time for the public to bring up something not already on the agenda. In general, it is a time for us to listen, to acknowledge, to clarify, and, possibly, to direct your concern/issue to the appropriate place. It is not a time for lengthy discussion. The Chairperson will determine the length of the Public Comment period given the urgency and relevancy of the items raised, the number of other speakers and the length of items on the agenda. The Chairperson, in conjunction with the Committee, will determine an appropriate time to revisit the concerns/issues raised by the public.
2. The Chairperson of the School Committee shall preside over the meeting. In this role, s/he will acknowledge speakers from the public. S/he will determine the length of time for public participation and ensure that comments are appropriate. During any part of the meeting, the public may be recognized by the Chairperson to speak on an item before the Committee. All remarks will be addressed through the Chairperson of the meeting rather than directly to other participants.
3. Comments made by anyone at the meeting should at all times be respectful. If a speaker persists in improper conduct or remarks, the Chairperson may rescind the individual’s right to address the committee. Defamatory or abusive remarks are always out of order.
4. Speakers may offer such objective criticisms of the school operations and programs as concern them, but in public session the Committee will not hear personal complaints of school personnel, students or any member of the school community. Under most circumstances, administrative channels are the proper means for disposition of legitimate complaints involving staff members.
5. The School Committee will provide information to the public at the meeting to help them participate in an informed manner. This will include providing copies of the agenda and materials to be discussed. Since not all materials are easily reproduced and public attendance will vary, the number of documents provided for the public should be reasonable. Minutes of the meetings shall be maintained as required and available to the public. Again, welcome.
First reading: 01-02-07
Second reading, first vote: 02-06-07
Final vote: 03-06-07