About the School Committee
The School Committee consists of five members who are elected to overlapping three-year terms. The Committee is an independent body entrusted by law with broad powers and important duties. Following the enactment of the Educational Reform Act in 1993, which restructured and in some ways curtailed the powers of Massachusetts School Committees, the School Committee has the power to:
- Establish educational goals and policies for the schools in the district consistent with the requirements of law and statewide goals and standards established by the Board of Education;
- Review and approve budgets for public education in the district; and,
- Select, evaluate annually, and, if necessary, terminate the Superintendent.
It is also the role of the Committee to evaluate the effectiveness of its policies and the Superintendent’s implementation of them and to serve as the employer for the district for collective bargaining purposes.
Moreover, the Committee is responsible for keeping the local citizenry informed about the schools and for keeping itself and the school staff informed about the needs and wishes of the public. In contrast to the Committee, which has budgetary, and policy-making authority, the Superintendent is charged with the day-to-day administration and oversight of the SPS.
The Committee typically holds public meetings two times per month during the academic year and one time each in July and August. There is opportunity for public input at each regular school committee meeting. Additionally, contact can be made with the whole Committee by emailing email@example.com or mail:
40 Fairbanks Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
Any questions regarding School Committee Meeting dates and times should be directed to the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Julie Williams, at 978-639-3211.