Posted June 23, 2020
Due to a resignation, there is an open position on the School Committee to complete a 2-year term. Any registered voter in Amesbury who is interested in the position can file an application with the City Clerk's Office. The deadline for applications to be received by the Clerk is 10AM on Friday, July 24, 2020.
The City Council and School Committee will hold a joint meeting at 7pm on Tuesday, July 28th, where they will interview applicants and appoint a candidate to fill the vacancy. The appointed member will serve through December 31, 2021.
Overall responsibilities for the School Committee (from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees):
1. To become familiar with the General Laws of the Commonwealth relating to education and school committee operations, regulations of the Massachusetts Board of Education, policies and procedures of this School Committee and school department;
2. To keep abreast of new laws and latest trends in education;
3. To have a general knowledge of the goals, objectives, and programs of the town´s public schools;
4. To work harmoniously with other Committee members without trying either to dominate the Committee or neglect his/her share of the work;
5. To respect the privileged communication that exists in executive sessions by maintaining strict confidentiality on matters discussed in these sessions, except that which becomes part of the public record, once it has been approved for release;
6. To accept the will of the majority vote in all cases, and to remember that he/she is one of a team and must abide by, and carry out, all Committee decisions once they are made in public session and in public forum;
7. To represent the Committee and the schools to the public in a way that promotes interest and support;
8. To refer questions and complaints to the proper school authorities;
9. To comply with the accepted code of ethics for School Committee members as set forth by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.
All School Committee members are expected to be on / Chair at least 2 sub-committees.
- Finance / Budget
- Teaching & Learning
- Building & Grounds
- Joint Ed
There are also liaison positions which are held by School Committee members:
- Special Education
- Student Handbook
- AES School Building Committee
The School Committee meets on the 1st Monday of every month. Sub-committees meet based on need, which is decided by the Chair of the sub-committee. Professional development opportunities are available throughout the year at conferences and workshops. New School Committee members will receive a binder with all Massachusetts laws and will be required to take a MASC Charting the Course workshop when available.
What is it really like to be on the School Committee?
"School Committee members need to be willing to put the time in. To do this right, there are many documents and policies that everyone has to read and be familiar with. We also have our commitments to sub-committees, and depending on the committee and time of the year, there are various issues that will come up that can be time consuming. School Committee members should be visible in our schools; we hope that they will reach out to principals and staff to introduce themselves and get to know each other, will tour the buildings, and will attend school functions.
School Committee members should be passionate about doing what's best for our children. You have to have a willingness to listen, be thoughtful, be respectful in the way you talk and respond to constituents and colleagues. We all bring our own passions to the table, and sometimes we have to agree to disagree. But we always need to be respectful of each other and differing opinions." - Peter Hoyt, School Committee Vice-Chair