Board Subcommittees


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.  
 
A.  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. 
B.  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.
C.  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. 
D.  Hear personnel grievances that are addressed to the Board and fulfill the Board’s obligation to respond to said grievances. 
E.  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 personnel policies. 
F.  Organize the Board’s annual formal evaluation of the superintendent.
G.  Organize the Board’s annual self-evaluation of its own leadership, governance and teamwork.
H.  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 issues.  

A.  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.
B.  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.
C. 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.
D.  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.
E.  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
F.  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.
G.  Negotiate and monitor service contracts related to school district operations, including but not limited to transportation services, fuel, food services and technology services, etc.
H.  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.

Policy 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 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. 

A. 
Establish and regularly review all Board policies, ensuring they are lawful and designed to improve the quality of the school district.
B.  Serve as a resource to provide policy reference to other Board members during public Board meetings and Board standing committee meetings.
C.  Conduct annual review of policies and regulations required for dissemination to staff, parents, and students through the district website, student handbooks, faculty handbooks, etc.
D.  Review legislative updates to ensure district policy compliance with changes in state and federal laws.
E.  Review Board of Education Bylaws on an annual basis and recommend revisions / updates as needed.
F.  Act as an agent for the Board regarding policy matters, while deferring decision-making regarding policies to the full Board.

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