Welcome to the webpage of the Triton Regional School Committee. This site was designed to provide information to the public about the School Committee and the work that is being done on behalf of the students of our district.
The Triton Regional School District consists of nine members. Three members are elected from each of the towns of Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury by a majority vote across the district. Each member serves for a three year term. Elections are held each spring for one seat per town. This rotating schedule provides for continuity of membership on the committee.
The School Committee is in charge of setting educational goals and policies, as well as reviewing and approving the annual budget. In addition, the School Committee is responsible for hiring and evaluating the Superintendent, who is the educational leader and chief executive officer in charge of overseeing the administration of the school district in a manner consistent with the district goals and policies.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE POWERS AND DUTIES
The school committee has all the powers conferred upon it by state law and must perform those duties mandated by the state. These include the responsibility and right to determine policies and practices and to employ a superintendent to implement its directions for the proper education of the children of the community.
The committee takes a broad view of its functions. These functions are:
- Legislative or policy making. The committee is responsible for the development of policy as guides for administrative action and for employing a superintendent who will implement its policies.
- Appraisal. The committee is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of its policies and their implementation.
- Provision of financial resources. The committee is responsible for adoption of a budget that will enable the school system to carry out the committee’s policies.
- Public relations. The committee is responsible for providing adequate and direct means for keeping the local citizenry informed about the schools and for keeping itself and the school staff informed about the needs and wishes of the public.
- Educational planning and evaluation. The committee is responsible for ensuring that educational objectives are set that promote continual improvement of the educational programs.
LEGAL REF.: M.G.L. 71:37 specifically, but powers and duties of school committees are established throughout the Massachusetts General Laws. M.G.L.71:16-7l:16I
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBER AUTHORITY
Because all powers of the school committee derived from state laws are granted in terms of action as a group, members of the school committee have authority only when acting as a committee legally in session.
The school committee will not be bound in any way by any statement or action on the part of an individual member except when such statement or action is a result of specific instructions of the committee.
No member of the committee, by virtue of the office, will exercise any administrative responsibility with respect to the schools or command the services of any school employee.
The school committee will function as a body and all policy decisions and other matters, as required by law, will be settled by an official vote of the committee sitting in formal session.
The duties and obligations of the individual committee member may be enumerated as follows:
- To become familiar with the General Laws of the Commonwealth relating to education and school committee operations, regulations of the Massachusetts Board of Education, policies and procedures of this school committee and school department.
- To keep abreast of new laws and the latest trends in education.
- To have a general knowledge of the goals, objectives, and programs of the district’s public schools.
- To work effectively with other committee members without trying either to dominate the committee or neglect his share of the work.
- To respect the privileged communication that exists in executive sessions by maintaining strict confidentiality on matters discussed in these sessions, except that which becomes part of the public record, once it has been approved for release.
- To vote and act in committee impartially for the good of the students.
- To accept the will of the majority vote in all cases, and to remember that he is one of a team and must abide by, and carry out, all committee decisions once they are made.
- To represent the committee and the schools to the public in a way that promotes interest and support.
- To refer questions and complaints to the proper school authorities.
- To comply with the accepted code of ethics for school committee members.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBER QUALIFICATIONS/OATH OF OFFICE
In order to serve on the school committee, an individual must be a registered voter in the town from which he is elected or appointed and must take an oath of office as required by law.
Each new member will attest to the committee secretary official that he has sworn the oath before an officer duly qualified to administer oaths prior to entering on his official duties as a member of the committee.
Established by law: LEGAL REFS.: M.G.L. 39:23B; 41:1; 41:107