SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 requires each public school in the Commonwealth to establish a School Advisory Council, composed of parent, teacher and community representatives. The Council has responsibility for assisting the principal “in the identification of the educational needs of the students attending the school, in the review of the annual school budget, and in the formulation of a school improvement plan...”. (M.G.L. c.59B, s.59c, as amended).
The PTA, under the direction of the principal, administers the election of parent representatives, who generally serve two-year terms. Parents interested in serving on the School Advisory Council, should speak with the principal or the PTA president.
The Butler Advisory Council meets once a month at the school. The meetings are open to the public and are subject to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. Agendas and minutes of Council meetings are posted on the Bulletin Board located in the school office. Notice of the meeting times are provided in the principal’s newsletter.
BELMONT SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Belmont Special Education Advisory Council welcomes parents with similar interests. In addition, parents are involved in the review of curriculum and are often asked to serve on a curriculum steering committee.