School Council Openings

BHS announces two open parent or guardian representative positions for School Council: one for the METCO program and one for Hanscom. 


What is the School Council? The role of School Council is to assist principals by reviewing the school building budget and developing the school improvement plan. Councils may also take on other responsibilities, including policy making, as granted by the local school committee. Councils' school improvement plans are submitted to the local school committee for review and approval.

The law outlines four major areas of responsibility for councils. School councils are to assist principals in:

• Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards
• Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school
• Reviewing the annual school building budget
• Formulating a school improvement plan

Link to the state website with more information:  http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/advisory/schoolcouncils/


At Bedford High School, the Council has four parent/guardian representativesone METCO, one Hanscom, and two Bedford residing parents.  Each representative serves maximum two years with the School Council, unless the representative’s BHS student leaves the school (such as graduation or relocation) or other circumstances arise for the rep. These representatives act as liaisons for the designated communities during School Council meetings.  


The METCO and Hanscom positions now are open. Their terms will run this new school year 2018-2019 and the next, 2019-2020, if the representatives have children at BHS through that time.  Please note that the two Bedford-residing representatives, Lori Alper and Kerry Rackey, are entering their 2nd year of a 2-year term ending June 2019, and we thank them for their continued representation on the Council.  


The first School Council will meet the first Tuesday of each month from 2:45 - 3:45 pm, beginning with its first meeting on October 2, 2018.  


IMPORTANT DATES:

• Now through Wednesday, September 19, BHS is soliciting nominations/names for consideration to the openings.
• Beginning Friday, September 21 through Friday, September 28, voting by the parent/guardian community will occur via the Aspen parent portal.  More details to come.
• 10/2 - First School Council Meeting at 2:45 pm at BHS

Representatives must attend monthly meetings which will be held after school from 2:45 -3:45 pm on the first Tuesday of each month. The actual day of the week may change after the first meeting pending the availability and preference of those on School Council.  Council meetings are  public. 

In addition, please be advised that each parent representative who serves on the Council must have a child in BHS during the parent's term, so, for example, if the child graduates from BHS during a parent rep's second year in the 2-year term and the parent has no other children in BHS, then the parent may no longer serve on the Council.  


To run for one of the two positions, please email to BHSBucsParents@gmail.com your name, email address, your home address (must reside in Bedford), phone number, and a brief message (just a few sentences will be sufficient) as to your background and particular interest in this position.  Your name and statement (not your email or phone number) will be posted in Aspen, when the window for voting opens, so that all BHS parents can read the information and cast a vote. 


We hope you will run and become active in helping the direction of BHS from a parent's perspective.