School Site Council
School Councils are required to be in place for all school in Massachusetts as part of the Education Reform Act of 1993. School Councils are representative, school building-based committees composed of the principal, parents, teachers, community members and, at the secondary level, students, required to be established by each school pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 59C.
The purpose of a school council is to:
• assist the principal in adopting educational goals for the schools,
• assist the principal in the identification of the educational needs of the students,
• assist the principal in the review of the annual school budget,
• assist the principal in the formulation of a school improvement plan.
The membership of the school council includes the principal, four elected parent members, three teachers and a community member. The council should broadly represent the racial and ethnic diversity of the school building and community. The Massachusetts Department of Education’s website provides detailed information about the mission and the responsibilities of Site-Based Councils.
School Site Council Members 2016-2017
Courtney Apgar, Parent
Curt Barrentine, Parent/Co-Chair
Sue Campbell, Special Educator
Lance Conrad, Parent
Lisa Contre, Gr. 4 Teacher
Rachel Harrington, Parent
Jane Kalinski, Community Member
Anne Knight, Assistant Principal
Louise Lipsitz, Principal/Co-Chair
Bettina McGimsey, Community Member
Brenda Rich, Library