School Committee Members 2020

COVID-19 - Changes to School Committee Meetings

  • In an effort to balance our obligation to hold public meetings with the equally imperative duty to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19, the School Committee is making two important changes to meetings to facilitate participation while adhering to state guidance on prohibiting gatherings of more than 25 people and practicing social distancing. Please see below for more details.

    Meetings

    Beginning with the Monday, March 16th meeting, the School Committee will host virtual meetings. Those wishing to listen to the meeting may do so via the Zoom web-based conferencing. Meetings can also be watched or live streamed via NewTV. To call into the meeting via Zoom, please follow these instructions:

    Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/390017072

    Call-in information:  1-646-558-8656

    Call-in meeting ID: 390 017 072 

    Public Comment

    For meetings with scheduled Public Comment, we ask members of the public to submit written Public Comment by 6:00 PM. Questions will be collated and read aloud during the Committee’s live broadcast at 7:00 PM on NewTV. Each Public Comment is limited to three minutes and must include your name and address. Please submit Public Comments to: schoolcommittee@newton.k12.ma.us

    Upcoming Meetings:

    • Monday, March 16 at 7:00 PM, Special SC Meeting FY21 Budget. The Committee will review changes to the budget affecting Elementary and Secondary education. No Public Comment Scheduled.

     

    • Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 PM, Special SC Meeting. Public Comment Observed, up to 45 minutes. Submit written comments to the SC via email.

     

    Participating in Public Comment March 23, 2020 and beyond

    To participate in the public comment portion of a meeting, please submit your NAME and ADDRESS by email with the subject line “Public Comment for [DATE]” to schoolcommittee@newton.k12.ma.us PRIOR to 7:00 pm, the official start time of the meeting. You will need to join the Virtual Meeting by computer or phone to participate:

    (Computer) Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/390017072

    (Phone) Call-in information:  1-646-558-8656

    Call-in meeting ID: 390 017 072 

    During the Public Comment portion of the meeting, the School Committee Chairperson will call your name. At that time, Unmute your microphone and Turn On Video to provide public comment. You are limited to 3 minutes.

    • Monday, March 23 at 7:00 PM, SC Meeting. Public Comment Observed, up to 30 minutes. 

        

    • Monday, March 30 at 7:00 PMSC Public Hearing FY21 BudgetPublic Comment Observed, No Time Limit

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 Us

  • Email messages sent to schoolcommittee@newton.k12.ma.us will be received by the entire School Committee. Please include your email address in the body or signature line of your message. To contact specific members, please 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.
     

School Committee Outreach

  • Every year, School Committee members and the Superintendent visit all 22 schools to share information and gather feedback on key district initiatives. Meeting dates and details are sent via PTO newsletters.
      
    The School Committee publishes a newsletter after every meeting to summarize information presented and votes taken. You can subscribe to the newsletter below.
     
    To view an archive of School Committee newsletters from the 2019-20 school year meetings, please follow this link: https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=96a5a83f7242a54fe56d6af5a&id=4673da645a

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