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About the School Committee

The Belmont School Committee is an unpaid six-member board elected to three-year terms at Belmont's annual Town Election.  Terms overlap so two members are elected per year. By state law (chap 71, www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/gl-71-toc.htm ), the School Committee is the policy setting entity for the public schools.  It also appoints the Superintendent, approves several other key positions, approves the budget, and negotiates with school unions.

The Warrant Committee recommends and, ultimately, Town Meeting appropriates, a yearly budget for the school system as a single line item.  The School Committee has full control over how that money is spent. By law the School Committee holds a public hearing before approving its budget.

Finance Sub-Committee:

  • Amy Checkoway
  • Andrea Prestwich
  • Michael Crowley

Curriculum & Instruction Sub-Committee:

  • Amy Checkoway
  • Tara Donner
  • Andrea Prestwich

Policy and Procedure Sub-Committee:

  • Tara Donner
  • Amy Checkoway
  • Andrea Prestwich

TV coverage of past Belmont School Committee meetings is provided by the Belmont Media Center here: www.belmontmedia.org/watch/govt-ed-access/school-committee

Contact Us


644 Pleasant Street,
Belmont, MA 02478

to e-mail the entire committee: sc@belmont.k12.ma.us

School Committee Members

Andrea Prestwich, Chair
(617) 489-8523
email: aprestwich@belmont.k12.ma.us

Catherine Bowen, Secretary
(617) 852-9839
email: cbowen@belmontschools.net

Michael Crowley
(617) 752-2250
email: mfcrowley@belmont.k12.ma.us

Tara Donner
(617) 855-8116
email: tdonner@belmont.k12.ma.us

Amy Checkoway
(617) 970-1097
email: acheckoway@belmont.k12.ma.us