SCHOOL COMMITTEE LEGAL STATUS

The School Committee is the governing board of the town's public school system. Although it functions as a duly elected Committee of town government, the School Committee has, unlike other town boards, autonomous and absolute authority within limitations established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to carry out the educational policies of the state and guide the educational process.

The Leicester School Committee shall be composed of five members. To be eligible to serve on the School Committee, a person must be a registered voter and a resident of the Town of Leicester. A person may not serve on the Committee and at the same time be a paid employee of the School Committee.

The term of office is three years. A School Committee member begins his/her term of office on the day after his or her election and after taking the oath of office for public officials. An existing School Committee member terminates his or her duties upon the qualifications of a newly elected member to the School Committee or by resignation.

Established by law

SOURCE: MASC
LEGAL REFS.: M.G.L. 41:1 and 71:37 specifically, but powers and duties of School Committees are established throughout the General Laws of Massachusetts Relating to School Committees
CROSS REFS.: AA, School District Legal Status
BBA, School Committee Powers and Duties

ADOPTED: December 10, 2013