The Sterling Board of Education participates in three (3) standing subcommittees as follows: Policy Committee, Programs and Budget Planning Committee, and the Personnel / Contract Negotiations Committee. Temporary committee and liaison assignments are not considered to be standing committees The Sterling Board of Education Chairman recommends standing subcommittee members, subject to full Board of Education action in a public meeting. Therefore, any member of the Board of Education who is interested in serving on a particular standing subcommittee notifies the Board Chairman in advance of the Board's Annual Organizational Meeting. Standing subcommittee chairmen and members on standing subcommittees serve for the same term as the Board Chairman. No board member may chair more than one standing subcommittee simultaneously. More information on each of the standing subcommittees can be viewed by clicking on the tabs below.
Personnel and Contract Negotiations Committee
This committee consists of members appointed by the School Board and
the Board Chair. The committee usually meets once a month or on an “as
needed” basis during labor and / or personnel contract negotiations.
The committee also reviews proposed/revised job descriptions, employee
grievances, and other personnel–related legal issues.
Solicit input from the full Board in preparation for
negotiating employee contracts with administration, certified staff and
non-certified personnel toward the goal of reaching fair, equitable
labor agreements that support the mission and vision of the district.
Research and compile up-to-date data to substantiate
Board of Education employee contract proposals and present a package of
negotiated items for the Board’s approval.
Solicit input and advisement from the Board’s attorney,
as needed, for the purpose of negotiating employee contracts and other
personnel issues to ensure Board actions are within state and
federal legal parameters.
Hear personnel grievances that are addressed to the Board and fulfill the Board’s obligation to respond to said grievances.
Work with the Superintendent to monitor the district job
description manual, the district organizational chart, and other
personnel matters included in the Board’s documented
Organize the Board’s annual formal evaluation of the superintendent.
Organize the Board’s annual self-evaluation of its own leadership, governance and teamwork.
Act as an agent for the Board for personnel matters,
while deferring decision-making regarding personnel matters and
negotiations to the full Board.
Programs and Budget Planning
This committee consists of members appointed by the School Board
and the Board Chair. The committee usually meets once a month or on an
“as needed” basis during labor and / or personnel contract
negotiations. The committee also reviews proposed/revised job
descriptions, employee grievances, and other personnel–related legal
Review and monitor program and curriculum development
and work with the administration to focus budget planning on effective
programming at all levels of the school organization.
Work with the superintendent to ensure that quality professional
development opportunities, consistent with district goals and the School
Improvement Program are available to all school district employees.
Review, deliberate, and adjust the administration’s proposed budget for
the operation of the district for the upcoming school year based on the
parameters set by the full Board.
Recommend to the entire Board a budget which, in the committee’s view,
supports the Board’s goals and objectives of the district for the
upcoming school year.
Serve as an advocate for the annual school budget adopted by the Board
throughout the Town’s budget adoption process, including attendance at
and participation in:
- the Board of Education budget hearings
- the presentations to the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance
- the budget-related Town meetings
- the budget referendum
Oversee the status of the current district budget during each school
year and recommend action(s) to the entire Board that the committee
deems appropriate concerning the fiscal affairs of the district.
Negotiate and monitor service contracts related to school district
operations, including but not limited to transportation services, fuel,
food services and technology services, etc.
Act as an agent for the Board for fiscal / budget / program development
matters, while deferring decision-making regarding the budget and
programs to the full Board.
This committee consists of members appointed by the School Board and the
Board Chair. The committee usually meets once a month or on an “as
needed” basis during the school year. The committee reviews sample
policies received quarterly from the CABE Policy Service and prepares
drafts of proposed policies to go before the full Board of Education for
review and adoption. The committee monitors the implementation of Board
policy and regularly reviews the administrative regulations that
support Board policy.
Establish and regularly review all Board policies, ensuring they
are lawful and designed to improve the quality of the school district.
Serve as a resource to provide policy reference to other Board
members during public Board meetings and Board standing committee
Conduct annual review of policies and regulations required
for dissemination to staff, parents, and students through the district
website, student handbooks, faculty handbooks, etc.
Review legislative updates to ensure district policy compliance with changes in state and federal laws.
Review Board of Education Bylaws on an annual basis and recommend revisions / updates as needed.
Act as an agent for the Board regarding policy matters, while deferring decision-making regarding policies to the full Board.