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The magnitude of School Committee membership calls for knowledge of and orientation to many areas.  Under the guidance of experienced School Committee members and the Superintendent, orientation will be provided to new members.


In accordance with the requirements of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 71, Section 36A as

amended on December 24th, 2002, each new School Committee member elected to the Gardner School

Committee is required to complete, within one year of their election or appointment, at least eight hours of orientation training. This orientation shall include, but is not limited to, a review of School Finance, the Open Meeting Law, Public Records Law, Conflict of Interest Law, Special Education Law, Collective Bargaining, School Leadership Standards and Evaluations, and the Roles and Responsibilities of School Committee Members.  The training is available through the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.


The School Committee and Superintendent shall assist each new member to understand the

Committee’s functions, policies and procedures of the Committees as soon after election as reasonable.

Each new member shall be given the following materials:


  1. A copy of the School Committee’s policy manual (can be found on
  2. A copy of the Open Meeting Law
  3. A copy of the Conflict of Interest Regulations
  4. A copy of the district's budget
  5. Collective bargaining agreements and contracts
  6. Student handbooks
  7. Mass. General Laws pertaining to schools
  8. School Improvement Plans for all schools


Orientation shall be considered as an ongoing process for all members, and may include attendance at School Committee conferences and conventions on a local, area, state, and national basis.


It is the responsibility of the members of the School Committee to make sure new members receive proper orientation.As such, the Vice Chair will appoint a mentor for each new member.


New members are encouraged to visit with the Superintendent.







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