About School Committee
Local School Committees derive their authority from the Constitution of Massachusetts, from statutes, and from the regulations of the State Board of Education.The School Committee operates in accordance with the MGL Ch. 71 and 41, which delegate its authority. The Education Reform Act of 1993, Ch. 71. S. 37:"The School Committee in each city and town and each regional school district shall have the power to select and to terminate the Superintendent; shall review and approve budgets for public education in the district, and shall establish educational goals and policies for the schools in the district, consistent with the requirements of law and state-wide goals and standards established by the Board of Education."
The Newton School Committee consists of nine voting members: one person is elected (citywide) from each of Newton's eight wards, and the Mayor serves as an ex-officio member. Click here to learn more about our Newton School Committee members.
Contact UsEmail messages sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will be forwarded to the entire School Committee. To contact specific members visit our Contact Us section.
The committee can also be contacted by mail at:
Newton School Committee
100 Walnut Street, Newton MA 02460.
Telephone messages can be taken at 617-559-6110.
Public Comment PolicyNewton School Committee-Public Comment Guidelines
Revised by the Committee- November 13, 2012
There will be two Public Comment sessions at each Newton School Committee meeting. The first session, scheduled early in the agenda, will last up to 30 minutes. Public comment will continue at the end of the meeting if we do not have sufficient time to hear from all of our guests. This is consistent with our current policy (30 minutes early in the meeting followed by time at the end).
We aim to ensure that the School Committee hears the full range of comments from the public and allows for all speakers to have an opportunity to speak. To that end:
a) Speakers will sign up on a sheet prepared by the School Committee administrator. The sign up will include, name, address and topic for discussion.
b) The School Committee chair (or designee) may take the items in the order that they appear on the sheet-that is first come, first heard.
c) The School Committee chair (or designee) may rearrange the order to hear from guests who are speaking on a "new" topic, that is, one that hasn't been heard at recent SC meetings.
d) If there are many speaker and topics, the Chair will try to ensure each topic is covered at least once during the first 30 minutes.
e) If there are only a small number of topics, the Chair will try to group the comments accordingly, starting with newer topics.
We ask people to speak for themselves, up to 3 minutes a person. We wish to avoid the ceding of time in order to maximize the number of speakers.
If for any reason there are many people signed up to speak, we may ask that comments be kept to 2 minutes but understand that it is your prerogative to take the whole three minutes .