CES School Council
A school council is a representative, school building-based committee 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. School councils enhance site-based decision making because they expand the participation of the school community in its schools' decision making. The involvement of different groups on the council -- teachers, parents, and non-parent community members -- provides the school with different and mutually complementary perspectives on its improvement goals and plans. In addition, by involving people who work in and support the school in the development of the school's improvement plan, the likelihood will increase that the plan will be successfully implemented (DESE, http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/advisory/schoolcouncils/part1.html)
The law outlines four major areas of responsibility for councils. School councils are to assist principals in:
- Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards
- Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school
- Reviewing the annual school building budget
- Formulating a school improvement plan (DESE)
Teachers, parents, and community members can become more committed to improving the schools and more supportive of the public school system when they enjoy the opportunity to serve or be represented on a school council that has a role in shaping the policies and programs of the school.
Please note: For the 2020-2021 school year, all meetings will be held remotely.
Agendas and minutes from earlier meetings are available in the Archive section or in paper form upon request.
2020-2021 School Council Members:Ann Barnard (Teacher)
Lindsay Bierwirth (Parent)
Meghan Lampert (Parent)
Deb Lopes (Parent-PTO Liasion)
Jessica Rogers (Parent)
Kathy Ware (Teacher)
Robin Millen (Principal, co-chair)
Joy Jordan (MRSD Community Engagement Coordinator)