The School Committee believes that the school is the key unit for educational improvement and change and that successful school improvement is best accomplished through a school-based decision-making process. By involving those directly affected by any action or decision of the school improvement process in the process of determining that action or decision, it helps to strengthen the commitment to those decisions by those most affected by its implementation.
Under this policy, the Principal shall have primary responsibility for the management of the school. Decisions which are made at the school level must be aligned with the budget, policies, curriculum, and long-range and short-range goals adopted by the School Committee. In addition, decisions must comply with any state and federal laws and regulations and with any negotiated agreements of the school district.
A School Improvement team shall be established in each school to develop a school improvement plan aligned with the District’s strategic plan, monitor the implementation of that plan, and evaluate its effects on the instructional experience of students. The school improvement plan may be implemented only after review and approval by the Superintendent.
In addition to guiding the school improvement process, the School Improvement Team shall meet regularly (no less than quarterly) with the Principal of the school and shall assist in:
1. Recommendations of changes to school procedures and handbooks that are consistent with state and local policies and standards.
2. Review of school data and identification of the educational needs of the students attending the school.
3. Review of the school building budget.
While the Principal shall define the composition of and form this group, its composition shall include teachers, parents, and, for secondary schools, students.
SOURCE: Adapted from MASC policy
ADOPTED: October 1, 2018