Site Based Council
Sometimes called “School Councils,” Site-Based Councils are composed of equal numbers of elected teachers and parents, together with the principal and community representatives, generally serving staggered terms. The role of the School Council is to advise the Principal, especially in creating and evaluating the School Improvement Plan. Site-Based Councils were mandated by the Education Reform Act of 1993 as part of the Act’s decentralization of decision-making, but have had a much longer history in Lexington.
Under the 1993 Act, the School Improvement Plan is formulated by the Principal to include educational goals for the school consistent with the goals and standards adopted by the Board of Education pursuant to Chapter 69: Section 1D and the educational policies of the District. The Principal assesses the needs of the school in light of those goals and creates a plan to advance those goals, to address the identified needs and to advance student performance. Considerations include: student-teacher ratios, professional development, enhancement of parental involvement in the life of the school; safety, discipline and the establishment of a welcoming school environment characterized by tolerance and respect for all groups; extracurricular activities; means for meeting the diverse learning needs of as many children as possible (including Special Education) and whatever other topics the principal in consultation with Site-Based Council considers appropriate. Each School Improvement Plan is submitted to the School Committee for review and approval every year. The Council is also responsible for identifying individuals responsible for implementation of programs, establishment of timelines and resources for each goal; and the Council is responsible for evaluating and documenting the school’s success in carrying out the annual plan.
We hold open meetings once a month. Agendas are posted at Town Hall and meeting notices are found in the School News. Elections are held each fall, and all parents are eligible both to run and to vote for the parent representatives; similarly, all teachers are eligible to run and to vote for the teacher representatives. Non-members can participate in Site-Based Council activities by being a member of an ad hoc committee. Parents should contact the Principal, who serves as co-chair, with any questions relating to school policies and programs, the School Improvement Plan, or students’ educational needs.
Current Site Council Members:
Ann Ostrowski, Parent
Orietta Barletta, Parent
Melissa Lee, Parent
Shaun Dever, Teacher
Angela Carpenter, Teacher
KC Pyskaty, Teacher
Pamela Vaughan, Teacher
Michelle Dardeno, Community Member
Larry Freeman, Parent/Co Chair
Jackie Daley, Principal/Co Chair
Click on the link below to see this year’s School Improvement Plan.