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School Committee Duties & Responsibilities

Maine State law charges school committees with the responsibility to manage the schools. This is done essentially by selecting a Superintendent and providing him/her with the authority and direction. It is not the duty of the committee to operate the schools, but to see that they are well operated.

The committee concerns itself primarily with broad questions of policy rather than with administrative details. The application of policies is an administrative task to be performed by the Superintendent and his/her staff, who shall be held responsible for the effective administration and supervision of the entire school system.

Members of the committee have authority only when acting as a committee legally in session. The committee shall not be bound in any way by an action or statement of an individual member except when such statement or action is pursuant to specific instructions of the committee.

Standard Committee Agenda

1. Call to Order
2. Communications
3. Administrative Report
4. Standing/Special Committees
5. Unfinished Business
6. New Business
7. Adjournment

Public Participation Policy

Meetings of the committee are public in the sense that they are held in public. This does not mean they are public meetings in the same sense as a "town meeting". There is a public comment item on each public meeting agenda during which time members of the public may speak following our public participation policy.
You may also view our Public Participation Flyer For more information:
Additionally, please know that members of the public may always email or write to the Superintendent of Schools or to the School Committee chair to share information or to provide comments on topics of interest that may be taken up by the School Committee.  The Superintendent's email address is:  [email protected].  The Superintendent's office phone number is 222-1012.  You may also find an up to date listing of email addresses for School Committee member by CLICKING HERE.