School Councils are representative, school building-based committees composed of the principal, parents, teachers, community members.
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.