School Committee Office Hours
Periodically, the Newton School Committee hold office hours to hear from constituents and the community. Office hours are not regular School Committee meetings and a quorum of members is not present. It is an opportunity for families and community members to ask questions about areas of interest within the Newton Public Schools. Please check back for information on future office hour dates.
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.
Beginning March 21, 2020 and until further notice, 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
PLEASE NOTE: All meeting materials can be accessed by clicking on the meeting link in the "Upcoming Meetings" section on the right side of this webpage.
Participating in Public Comment April 27, 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 email@example.com PRIOR to 7:00 p.m., 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 (if participating via computer) to provide public comment. You are limited to 3 minutes.
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.
Email messages sent to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 StreetNewton, 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.