Community Involvement in Decision-Making
NEPN/NSBA Code: KCB-R
The School Committee recognizes the following committees as examples of committees that influence decision-making and are comprised of various stakeholders. The School Committee encourages the creation of similar committees in order to ensure widespread involvement in decision-making.
Partners in Education
High School and Middle School Student Council
Volunteer Advisory Committee
School Improvement Teams
District Improvement Team
Search Committee for Professional Vacancies
Portland Arts and Technology High School Advisory Committee
Affirmative Action Committee
Casco Bay Educational Alliance
Drop Out Prevention Committee
The School Committee may, from time to time, appoint citizen advisory committees to study matters pertaining to the educational problems of the school district, e.g., facilities study, capital improvement projects, etc. Such committees will deal with specific problems identified and recognized by school officials. The function and role of such committees will be clearly defined at the outset and will be considered fulfilled when the committee has made the final report through the Superintendent to the School Committee.
The School Committee encourages each school to convene public forums. The purpose of the forums will be to:
Provide two-way communication between the school and community;
Encourage involvement in current or controversial topics; and
Provide response from the community as a basis for decision making.
Final selection for membership on advisory committees will be made by the School Committee. As a matter of basic policy, such committees shall be representative of the community as a whole and should, whenever possible, have members who live in the community and represent various interests.
Adopted: May 23, 1996