Adoption of new policies or changing existing policies is solely the responsibility of the school committee. Policies will be adopted and/or amended only by the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the school committee when such action has been scheduled on the agenda of a regular or special meeting.
To permit time for study of all policies or amendments to policies and to provide an opportunity for interested parties to react, proposed policies or amendments will be presented as an agenda item to the committee in the following sequence:
1. First reading – distribution with agenda
2. Second reading – response from superintendent; report from any advisory committee assigned responsibility in the area; committee discussion and directions for any redrafting; adoption or rejection.
Amendments at the action stage (second reading) will not require repetition of the sequence, unless the committee so directs.
The school committee may dispense with the above sequence to meet emergency conditions.
Policies will be effective upon the vote of the school committee.
[Reviewed: January 2002]
[Reviewed: October 2011]
Source: Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Inc.