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WHITIN ELEMENTARY COUNCIL BY-LAWS
PURPOSE AND PHILOSOPHY
The purpose of this Council shall be to:
A. Develop, implement and revise operational policies and
programs pertaining to the education of students 1-4. The
School Council believes that decision making, planning and
program design/implementation should encompass all school
experiences of children at the elementary level.
B. It is the belief of this Council that decisions of this
nature be made at the Whitin School Council level.
C. The Whitin School Council views itself as a visionary body
existing for the future development of the Taft School
The Council shall consist of a maximum of 11 members. One
Principal (Co-facilitator), four teacher members, five
parent members, and one community member for a total of 11
Members shall be elected in the following manner:
The Council shall collect parent nominations through a
special notice sent to the PTO. A slate of candidates will
be compiled with an election to follow through a ballot
notice. The PTO shall inform the School Council of elected
parent members. A co-facilitator, teacher or parent will be
elected from the body of members annually.
The School Council shall solicit candidates for staff
through a faculty bulletin with an election to follow.
Community members shall be recruited by the Principal. The
Principal shall submit the names of community members he/she
has nominated for membership of the council. The school
council members shall vote to accept or reject the community
members nominated by the Principal.
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. The Council shall consider absence of more than three (3)
consecutive meetings a request for resignation.
F. Members will serve for two-year terms.
G. There shall be a limit of 2 consecutive terms served by
H. Written resignations shall be taken through the
Co-Facilitators and accepted by the membership.
I. Any Council member may make a motion to amend the Council
By-Laws at any scheduled meeting.
J. The decision to amend a by-law shall be tabled until the
following scheduled meeting.
K. A written copy of the proposed by-law shall be sent to
all members of the Council. A time, place and date of the
next scheduled meeting shall be enclosed with the amendment
L. At the next meeting, the proposed amendment shall be
taken from the table and voted by the Council members.
M. Votes taken by the Council may be voice notes unless
N. All School Council meetings are subject to Opening
Meeting Laws, Ch. 39, Sec. 23A, 23B and 23C.
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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.