Greenwood School Council
What is the school council?
The School Council is a representative, school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, community members. A council is required under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 59C.
What is the reason the Education Reform Act calls for establishing school councils?
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. Massachusetts school system, which instituted site-based decision making and school councils prior to the statewide mandate, includes the following preamble in its guidelines for councils: Values behind site-based decision making through councils: [the council] improves student outcomes by uniting, in responsible participation, those closest to the teaching-learning relationship; [the council] creates through the development of a shared vision and planning a school environment which unites all members of the school community in a sense of belonging, commitment and growth.
The law outlines four major areas of responsibility for councils. School councils are to assist principals in:
1. Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards
2. Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school
3. Reviewing the annual school building budget
4. Formulating a school improvement plan
Greenwood School Council Members:
Mrs. Kathryn DiVasta – Classroom Teacher
Mr. Emmanuel Buys – Parent
Mrs. Cheri Lamonica – Parent
Mrs. Deborah Collura – Principal
School Council meetings are held once monthly prior to the PTO meetings in the library. These are open meetings.