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  Early Learning Center School Council



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.

Membership Composition

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 principal 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



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 agenda.

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 memberships.

E. Members will serve for two-year terms.

F. Votes taken by the Council may be voice notes unless otherwise requested.

G. All School Council meetings are subject to Opening Meeting Laws, Ch. 39, Sec. 23A, 23B and 23C.

By-Laws (Revised November 15, 2005)

Article I

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

Section 1

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.

Section 2

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 1-3 years.

Section 3

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

Section 1

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 meeting-to-meeting basis.

Section 2

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 Committee.

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 Council’s meetings.

Article V Meetings

Section 1

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).

Section 2

The Co-chair people of the Early Learning Center Council shall decide time, place and date of the meetings.

Section 3

A quorum shall consist of a majority of the Council membership.

Section 4

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.

Section 5

The decision –making process shall be one member, one vote; majority rule on all decisions made by the Council.

Article VI Council Activities

Section 1

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 following activities:

-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 Center.

-Address community concerns and recommendations regarding the Early Learning Center.

Article VII Amendments

Section 1

Any Council member may make a motion to amend the Council By-Laws at a scheduled meeting.

Section 2

The decision to amend a by-law shall be tabled until the following scheduled meeting.

Section 3

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 proposal

Section 4

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 Center
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Uxbridge, MA 01569
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