ConVal School Board:
A Shared Commitment to Educational Opportunity and Excellence
The ConVal School Board strives to support and continually advance the quality of education in our schools, while meeting the individual educational needs of all students in our district. We are dedicated advocates for the district's children, focused on the goal that each and every student leaves the ConVal system prepared for responsible citizenship, life-long learning, and productive employment. We believe it's a responsibility we share with the students, their parents, teachers, administrators, and the residents of our nine-town community.
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Role of the School Board:
The School Board's role is to see that our schools are well run by strong educational and fiscal leaders, and through the formulation of and adherence to effective policies and procedures competently administered by those leaders. Our role is not to run the schools through direct administration; that's the job of our district and school administrators.
The Board sets the guidelines, regulations and standards of instruction, partnering with the district's educational leaders through planning and assessment, with consulting professionals outside our district, and with others who may be affected by its actions. The Board oversees and approves the expenditure of all funds, which are appropriated in the school district's annual budget and provide for administrative and teaching staff, teaching materials, facilities, and resources for all district educational and athletic programs.
In addition to attending the regularly scheduled meetings each month, members serve on at least one of six standing sub-committees, Budget and Property, Education, Wellness, Policy, Selectmen's Advisory and Negotiations, plus ad hoc committees such as the District Study Committee.
Each year the Board and the administration meet to establish, review and then set yearly goals.
Serving on a local school board requires energy, commitment, patience, and a willingness to work as part of a team. Most of the board's work is made up of the little things that make ConVal's schools work so well: reviewing curriculum, providing up-to-date technology, crafting professional development programs to keep teachers learning. It's challenging, time-consuming work-but the rewards are real: students who set and achieve challenging personal goals; teachers who inspire as well as instruct; parents and residents who share a commitment to educational opportunity and excellence.
School Board 2013-2014 Goals:
a. To become a High Performing District as defined.
To provide students with the skills needed to succeed
b. To value, promote, and model a unified K-12 district viewpoint.
c. To support and provide resources for the 2013-2014 district
goals as developed by the leadership team.
d. A commitment to transparency and open communication levels
between the district and the public, the SAU and the School
Board, and among the School Board.
See also: District Goals