The following policy was submitted for a first reading at the School Committee Meeting of October 19, 2020 and will be considered for adoption at the November 2, 2020 School Committee Meeting.

The education of children is dependent upon many factors, including a physical environment that is safe, clean, comfortable, and inspiring. An important duty of the School Committee is to provide for the location, care, control, and management of school facilities and equipment.

The superintendent, facilities director, and building principals share the supervision, care, and safekeeping of property used by the school department. Administrators shall work with other municipal departments, as necessary, to develop a comprehensive and well-defined plan for the proper maintenance, cleanliness, and safekeeping of all school buildings and grounds to ensure that each school is well maintained, equipped, and staffed.

The Superintendent and Facilities Director will establish procedures and employ such means as may be necessary to provide accurate information in regard to the nature, condition, location, and value of all property used by the school department; to safeguard the property against loss, damage, or undue depreciation; to recover and restore to usefulness any property that may be lost, stolen or damaged; and to do all things necessary to ensure the proper maintenance, cleanliness, and safekeeping of school property.

Principals are the educational administrators and managers of their schools and shall oversee the care, control, and maintenance and cleanliness of school facilities and grounds.