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 impacted 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. These goals are then placed on the School Board Report card for the current sitting Board's year.
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 Report Card
Every year the School Board will use this Report Card as a means to measure how effect we are as a Board at meeting our yearly goals. You will find various areas that we are going to measure from how we conduct meetings, set policy, interact with the Superintendent, to finances, and goal setting. We take our responsibility very seriously and we want to strive to be the best we can be. By the first week of February, each Board member will complete this report card and submit it to the Communications sub-committee chair. The results will be tabulated, reviewed and recommendations will be made and reviewed at the next general Board meeting. This section of our webpage will have the report card template as well as the report card results posted for your review and information. If anyone has a question or comment please contact your School Board representative.
School Board 2013-2014 Goals:
a. To become a High Performing District as defined.
To provide students with the skills needed to succeed beyond ConVal.
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
See also: District Goals