To provide continuing in-service training and development for its members, the School Committee encourages the participation of all members at appropriate School Committee conferences, workshops and conventions. However, in order to control both the investment of time and funds necessary to implement this policy, the Committee es­tablishes these principles and procedures for its guidance:
  1. The Committee secretary will maintain a calendar of School Committee conferences, conventions and workshops. The Committee will periodically decide which meetings appear to be most promising in terms of producing direct and indirect benefits to the school system.
  2. Funds for participation at such meetings will be budgeted for on an annual basis. When funds are limited, the Committee will designate which of its members would be the most appropriate to participate at a given meeting. Should funds be expended on behalf of a member who is subsequently unable to attend the meeting for which the funds were expended, and provided that no other member is available to attend in their place, the member shall reimburse the district for those expenses.
  3. Reimbursement to Committee members for their travel expenses will be in accord with the travel expense policy for staff members.
  4. When a conference, convention, or workshop is not attended by the full Committee, those who do participate will be requested to share information, recommendations and materials acquired at the meeting.

ADOPTED: Prior to 2013
AMENDED: October 13, 2015