The School 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 council is to consist of
parents of students attending the school, teachers, and
other persons drawn from such groups or entities as
municipal government, business and labor organizations,
institutions of higher education, human service agencies or
other interested groups, including those from school-age
child care programs.
Parents shall have parity
with professional personnel on the school council.
Regardless of the size of the council, the number of parent
representatives must be equal to the number of teachers who
serve on the council plus the principal. Not more than fifty
percent of the council shall be non-school members.
Non-school members are defined as members who are other than
parents, teachers, students and staff at the school. The
membership of school councils should be broadly
representative of the racial and ethnic diversity of the
school building and community.
The Councils' Responsibilities
School council assists the
1. Adopting educational
goals for the school that are consistent with local
educational policies and statewide student performance
2. Identifying the
educational needs of students attending the school
3. Reviewing the annual
school building budget
4. Formulating a school
SCHOOL COUNCIL PROCEDURES
A. The Co-Facilitators will be responsible for
meeting agenda, information dissemination and running the
meeting. The Principal of the School is automatically a
Co-Facilitator and a voting member. A Co-Facilitator will be
elected from the body of members. Any member may contact the
Co-Facilitators in writing as to replacing an item on the
B. The Recording Secretary (to be elected annually) shall
perform functions as necessary to the office, including
forwarding copies of minutes to both Superintendent of
Schools and each School Committee member.
C. Meetings shall be held at least once monthly during the
school year and during the summer months if needed. Other
meetings may be called by the Co-Facilitators as necessary.
Members shall be notified of meetings at least two working
days in advance.
D. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the council
E. Members will serve for two-year terms.
F. Votes taken by the Council may be voice notes unless
G. All School Council meetings are subject to Opening
Meeting Laws, Ch. 39, Sec. 23A, 23B and 23C.
By-Laws (Revised November 15, 2005)
This organization shall be known as the Early Learning
Center Council (includes any satellite locations).
Article II Purposes
The purpose of the Council shall be to:
a. Develop operational policies and programs pertaining to
the education of the students three to six years old.
b. To develop operational policies and programs pertaining
to before and after school childcare programs servicing
students preschool through kindergarten.
c. Develop parent education opportunities.
Article III Membership
The Council will be limited to eleven members. Parents shall
have parity with professional personnel. The composition of
the Council will be four staff, including the Coordinator/
Lead Teacher; four parents of children utilizing the
programs; and three members who will be interested residents
of the community, one of whom is the Child Care Director.
The membership shall be representative of the racial and
ethnic diversity of the community.
The term of office for the members shall be one year with
the exception of the Coordinator/Lead Teacher who must serve
as Co-Chairperson in accordance with statute.
In September of each year the Council will re-organize. The
Parent Advisory Council will elect parents. The faculty will
elect teachers. Other members will be recommended by the
Coordinator/ Lead Teacher and elected by the existing
Council membership. Terms for elected members may be from
At the beginning of each school year, information will be
disseminated to parents, faculty and community at large
relative to the Council. Interested individuals may then
proceed as outlined in Section 2.
Article IV Officers
Officers of the Early Learning Center Council shall consist
of co-chair people: The Coordinator/ Lead Teacher of the
Center and a community parent. This leadership should
provide Council activities with a broad community
perspective and a strong sense of shared responsibility.
Responsibilities and roles should be clearly delineated;
also, a member of the Council shall act as Secretary. This
position shall be voluntary for the term of one school year,
or when necessary appointed by the Chairperson on a
The officers of the Council shall be elected each year at
the re-organization meeting in October. The Center’s
Coordinator/ Lead Teacher will be responsible for setting
the agenda and assuring compliance with the Open Meeting
Law. He/she shall preside at all meetings, be responsible
for official communications to the Council and serve as the
Council’s liaison between the Superintendent and the School
The Co-chairperson and Coordinator/ Lead Teacher shall
appoint sub committees as needed and bring recommendations
to the Council as a whole. The Secretary shall be
responsible for maintaining accurate minutes of the
Article V Meetings
The Early Learning Center Council shall meet at least
monthly during the school year. The Co-chair people as
necessary may call other meetings of the Council. The
Council Co-chair people shall have all Council members
notified as to the time, place, and date of the meeting at
least two working days in advance. A copy of the meeting
notice must be sent to the Uxbridge Town Clerk in accordance
with MGL C34 (Open Law Meeting).
The Co-chair people of the Early Learning Center Council
shall decide time, place and date of the meetings.
A quorum shall consist of a majority of the Council
Council members, in order to maintain membership, may miss
no more than two consecutive meetings in a year. Should this
occur and a formal resignation has not been received the
Council shall consider the lack of attendance as a request
for resignation. Vacancies shall be filled as needed.
The decision –making process shall be one member, one vote;
majority rule on all decisions made by the Council.
Article VI Council Activities
The Early Learning Council’s role is to advise and
participate in decisions related to the education and care
of young children and their families. In this capacity the
Council will be involved in, but not limited to the
-Administering and updating community wide assessment of the
early childhood needs and resources.
-Ongoing curriculum development preschool, kindergarten and
child care programs.
-Recommend policies (such as tuition rates, schedule and
late fees) that affect the daily operation of the Center.
-Advocate for programs for young children.
-Participate in the decisions regarding expenditures from
preschool and child care tuition.
-Participate in reviewing the budget for the Early Learning
-Address community concerns and recommendations regarding
the Early Learning Center.
Article VII Amendments
Any Council member may make a motion to amend the Council
By-Laws at a scheduled meeting.
The decision to amend a by-law shall be tabled until the
following scheduled meeting.
A written copy of the proposed by-law shall be sent to all
members of the Council. At time, place and the date of the
next scheduled meeting shall be enclosed in the amendment
At the meeting, the proposed amendment shall be taken from
the table and voted by the Council members.
Article VIII Rule Of Order
The Early Learning Center Council of the Uxbridge Public
Schools shall follow Robert’s Rule Of Order, newly revised
by Henry M. Robert.
Approved: December 20, 2005
Taft Early Learning
16 Granite Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569
Phone: 508-278-8643 / Fax: 508-278-8646
The Uxbridge Public Schools ensures equal
employment and educational opportunities for its employees
and students and does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, creed, national origin, sex, gender identity,
disability, or sexual orientation in compliance with Title
VI, Title IX, section 504/ADA and G.L. c151b and 157c.