Blackstone- Millville Regional School
School Committee Protocols
For the purpose of enhancing teamwork
among members of the School Committee and between our School Committee and
administration, we, the members of the Blackstone- Millville Regional District
School Committee, do hereby publicly commit ourselves collectively and
individually to the following operating protocols:
Who the Committee Represents:
BMR School Committee will represent the needs and interests of all the students
in the district.
We will strive to make decisions that are the
best for students in all cases, and we assert that all means all.
will advocate for the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District and for
regional and public education. We accept
our roles as ambassadors of the district promoting support for public education
and celebrating our successes.
How the Committee will conduct business:
School Committee will lead by example. We agree to avoid words and actions that
create a negative impression of an individual, the School Committee, or the
district. While we encourage debate and differing points of view, we will speak
with care and respect.
School Committee will conduct its business through a set agenda at both Regular
and Special Meetings (Workshops) of the Committee. Emerging items will be addressed in subsequent
meetings through items placed on the agenda.
to the School Committee or the superintendent will be the exception, not the
rule. We agree to ask the School Committee Chair or the Superintendent to place
an item on the agenda instead of bringing it up unexpectedly at a meeting.
We acknowledge that a School Committee meeting
is a meeting of the School Committee that is held in public—not a public meeting,
and we will make every effort to ensure that the Committee meetings are effective and efficient.
Committee will debate issues, not one another and will work to build trusting
What the Committee will focus on:
School Committee will help establish the vision, create policies and assure
accountability to sustain continuous improvement in our teaching and learning.
The Superintendent will manage the schools and staff.
School Committee will consider research, best practice, public input and
financial impacts in their decision making.
School Committee will represent the needs, interests and achievement of all
students in the district and place these above all else in the decisions we
School Committee will set overarching goals for the District in conjunction
with the Superintendent and allow these to drive District Improvement and
School Improvement Plans. The Committee
will define success and accountability for the itself, the Superintendent,
staff and students.
How the Committee will communicate:
Committee members will channel request for information through the
Superintendent and School Committee Chair rather than directly to staff. The Superintendent will ensure that each
member has equal access to any requested information.
will recognize a single official “voice” of the Committee, such that, if the
Committee is contacted as a whole, the Chair and/or Superintendent will be
expected to respond. If members are
contacted individually, they will respond if appropriate and/or forward the inquiry
to the Superintendent.
Committee will maintain the confidentiality of privileged information and
respect the Open Meeting Law.
will refer constituent concerns and complaints to the appropriate person within
the district chain of communication.
will recognize the importance of working collaboratively with our members towns
and town officials to improve our schools and actively seek ways to enlist
their support for our efforts.
School Committee Members do not have authority. Only the School Committee as a
whole has authority. We agree that an individual School Committee Member will
not take unilateral action.
Continued Committee Improvement
School Committee will establish continuing workshop opportunities, either in
house or external, to support each other and the efforts of the Committee and
to assess our goals and hold ourselves accountable.
Committee members agree to participate in an
annual formal retreat organized by the superintendent
and the School Committee chairperson.
will model continuous learning in our roles as members of the governance team.
Understanding our Limits:
is the responsibility of the Superintendent to
oversee the hiring, evaluation, and handling
of personnel issues; it is the responsibility
of the Committee to evaluate the Superintendent’s effectiveness in these matters.
will recognize that authority rests only with the majority decision of the
School Committee and will make not independent commitments or take any independent
actions that may compromise the School Committee as a whole.
will not use our positions for personal gain and when speaking with staff
regarding issues surrounding our own children will identify that we are
speaking as parents and not members of the School Committee.