LHS School Council
Each school in the Commonwealth is legally required to have a school council. The purpose of the LHS School Council is to work collaboratively with the Principal to develop the school improvement plan consistent with system wide goals and student performance standards set by the Massachusetts Board of Education. Council members plan ways to meet the diverse learning needs of all students; establish a school climate of tolerance and respect for every individual; involve parents in the life of the school; impact safety and discipline; enhance extracurricular activities and more. The School Council is also responsible for reviewing the student handbook and the annual school budget. The Council is composed of five staff members including the principal, five parent representatives, three student members and other members drawn from the community. The principal is one of two co-chairs; the other co-chair is selected by the council as a whole at the first meeting of the school year.
Teacher representatives are selected from each school building by the faculty members.
The three student members represent the sophomore, junior and senior classes and serve a three-year term starting sophomore year. The rising sophomore student member is elected at the end of freshman year in the student elections or else appointed by the principal.
Other members of the School Council are drawn from the community and are appointed by the principal and may not be a parent or teacher at the school.
Parent representatives to the School Council are elected to serve staggered three-year terms. They must have a student in LHS for all three years of their term.
Each spring, the LHS PTO solicits candidates and conducts an election for the open parent representative vacancies on the School Council at the beginning of the next school year. Full three-year terms are awarded first, followed by any partial terms that may be vacant due to early departure. Parents and guardians of current 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade students are eligible to vote in the election. Each parent/guardian in a household may cast one vote.