Hyannis West Elementary School Council By-Laws

  • Establishment

    The Hyannis West Elementary School Council is established under the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993. The School Council shall assist the principal in:
    • The adoption of educational goals for the school that are consistent with state and local policies and standards.
    • Identification of the educational needs of the students attending Hyannis West Elementary School.
    • Development of school spending plan for the annual school budget.
    • Formulation of a school accountability plan that may be implemented only after review and approval of the superintendent and the school committee.

     

    School Governance

    The Hyannis West Elementary School Council will utilize the Comer Model of School Governance. Under this model the Council will be responsible for the following:

    • Establish policy guidelines for school programs.
    • Carry out systematic school planning related to social climate, academic, and staff development, and public relations.
    • Monitor and evaluate all school programs.
    • Plan an annual school calendar that integrates social, academic, and staff development functions.
    • Develop an annual budget that supports the school system’s goals and all school programs.
    • Plan professional development.
    • Respond to concerns directly or delegate to a subcommittee that reports back to the Council.
    • Participate in the interview process and final recommendation of 3 final candidates for the position of Principal whenever a vacancy occurs.

     

    Membership

    • The Council shall consist of the principal, who shall serve as co-chair, three teacher representatives, 3 parent representatives, and one community representative. A co-chair shall be selected by the Council.
    • The parent representatives shall be elected by their peers. The Hyannis West PTO shall conduct annual elections for this purpose. Terms are for 1, 2, or 3 years.
    • The teacher representatives shall be elected by their peers. The Hyannis West faculty shall conduct annual elections for this purpose. Terms are for 1, 2, or 3 years.
    • The Council shall be responsible for filling any mid-term vacancy.
    • The Council will select the community representative.

     

    Subcommittees

    The Council may establish subcommittees as it may deem necessary to promote its objectives. Each subcommittee will have at least one school council member. Non-members may be selected to serve as subcommittee members.

     

    Decision Making

    Decision making is by consensus. A no fault problem solving process will guide the Council in its decisions.

     

    Meetings

    Meetings shall be scheduled monthly, with additional sessions as needed. All members are expected to attend. Any member absent for two meetings in one year shall be replaced.

    All meetings will meet the requirements of the Open Meeting Law. All meetings, along with the proposed agenda, will be posted 48 hours in advance. Minutes of all meetings will be recorded.