The School Committee governs within a complex environment shaped by the current national focus on improving student achievement. Decision-making is constrained by Federal and RI State laws and regulations, often limited resources and sometimes competing demands from community members and various constituencies.
The School Committee actively seeks to represent the entire community and is responsive to community expectations but resists pressure from groups seeking to promote a position inconsistent with the good of the district as a whole. Individual school committee members debate issues,but once policy has been adopted, the Committee speaks as one voice through its adopted policies.
The School Committee exercises its authority as a whole and does not advance individual or constituent agendas. The agenda for each meeting is determined by the superintendent, school committee chair and school committee vice chair. All decision-making is by majority and a quorum is required; i.e. a minimum of four members. Action is taken only when the School Committee meets in a formal session and the item is on the publicized agenda.
Solving Staff and/or School-Based Problems (Policy 2140): A parent/guardian or a community member who wishes to express him/herself regarding a specific school, teacher, or child should begin dialogue at the level closest to the concern:
Step 1: Contact the teacher or guidance counselor as appropriate
Step 2: Contact the principal (if a school-wide concern, this becomes step 1)
Step 3: Contact appropriate central administration personnel
Step 4: Contact the superintendent or designee